On the very same day that the team released linebacker David Harris, the New York Jets won’t commit to fellow veteran Eric Decker for the 2017 season.
Speaking with the media on Tuesday, Jets head coach Todd Bowles indicated that he was “not sure” about Decker’s status and whether the receiver will be released or asked to take a pay cut.
Todd Bowles said he's "not sure about" any talks with WR Eric Decker about a pay cut, or if his roster spot is in jeopardy.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) June 6, 2017
Decker himself is coming off an injury-plagued 2016 campaign that saw him miss time with both a hip and a shoulder injury. At 30 years old, Decker doesn’t seem to be in the team’s long-term rebuilding plans.
Considering New York has jettisoned pretty much every veteran from its roster this offseason, previous suggestions were that the team would move on from Decker completely.
Set to make $8.8 million this upcoming season, the former 1,000-yard receiver will have to take a hefty pay cut in order to remain on the Jets. Even then, the team could decide to go full in with its commitment to younger players.
Decker signed a five-year, $36.3 million deal with the Jets back in March of 2014. He then went to put up nearly 2,000 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns over the next two seasons before being limited to three games last year.