The New York Jets continued their offseason purge of their veteran players Tuesday.
The Jets will either release or trade wide receiver Eric Decker this week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This news comes just hours after the Jets released veteran linebacker David Harris, who had spent 10 years with the team.
Decker was signed by the Jets in 2014 by former general manager John Idzik and had two years remaining on the five-year deal he signed with the club. Decker was set to make $8.75 million in 2017 and the Jets will save $5.75 million of that by releasing him, according to Over The Cap.
Decker caught 163 passes for 2,183 yards and 19 touchdowns during his three seasons with Gang Green. He was limited to only three games last season and underwent two surgeries since October to repair a torn labrum in his hip and a torn rotator cuff.
Decker’s best season came in 2015, when he and Brandon Marshall combined to become one of the best receiving duos in the NFL that season. Both will be wearing different uniforms just two years later, as the Jets released Marshall earlier in the offseason.
New York has now parted ways with Decker, Harris, Marshall, Nick Mangold and Darrelle Revis this offseason. Quincy Enunwa likely becomes the No. 1 weapon in a crowded Jets’ receiving group that lacks many (if any) proven options. Robby Anderson, Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall and rookies ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen all could compete for roles this season.