Jets release Decker after failing to find trade partner

The team released the veteran wide receiver Monday, six days after saying it would do so if it couldn't work out a trade.

A day later, Decker said goodbye to the Jets and their fans in a series of tweets. That comes after the Jets tried to trade Decker but couldn't find any teams willing to take on his contract unless the Jets would pay some of his salary.

The news breaks via ESPN's Adam Schefter who just a few hours ago confirmed that the Ravens are still interested in acquiring Decker even despite their signing of Jeremy Maclin. Alas, there was no trade and Decker is now a free agent.

Decker's departure will save the Jets $7.25m in salary. He was going to count $8.75 million against the salary cap this season.

The New York Jets continued their roster purge this week by parting ways with yet another veteran. General Manager Mike Maccagnan informed Decker "that if a trade doesn't happen, we'll move forward [without him]", last Tuesday when NY also parted ways with longtime defensive signal caller David Harris. "Our focus right now is seeing our young players, how they do", said Maccagnan earlier this week. "We wish Eric going forward a lot of success, but if we can't facilitate a trade we will move on from Eric".

"I want to thank Eric Decker for his contributions to the New York Jets over the past three seasons", said CEO Woody Johnson. "On behalf of the organization, I wish him the best as he continues his career". In 2016 Decker was off to a similar start before injuring his shoulder in the third game of the season and missing the remainder of the season. In 2014, he caught 74 passes for 962 yards and five touchdowns.

Decker was limited to nine receptions for 194 yards and two TDs in three games previous year because of a shoulder injury.

  • Julie Sanders