News surfaced earlier in the week that the New York Jets planned to trade or release Decker by the end of the week. On Thursday, a report surfaced suggesting the Jets might have least one potential partner.
The Jets have spoken with the Baltimore Ravens and other teams about dealing Decker, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer. He didn’t specify how many teams were lumped into the “other” category.
This news comes as somewhat surprising, as it was safe to assume no team would bother trading for Decker when word got out the Jets would eventually release him. But the Ravens are certainly desperate for playmakers at the position and might be willing to give up some compensation to assure he doesn’t hit the open market.
The Ravens are kind of a trash heap at wide receiver, to put it lightly. Sure, Mike Wallace is back after hauling in 72 passes for 1,017 yards and 4 touchdowns. But Wallace isn’t really an ideal No. 1 receiver and will turn 32 in August. Plus, Baltimore’s depth chart is awfully thin behind him.
The Ravens are hopeful 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman can build off of a healthy sophomore season. But he’s far from a safe bet to become a reputable starter. It gets even uglier from there and the only returning Ravens receiver with a catch for the team last season is Chris Moore, who caught seven passes.
Baltimore met with former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin after he was released earlier this week, but Maclin left town without a deal.
It seems silly for any team to make a deal for Decker with the knowledge that the Jets are planning to let him go inevitably. But the Ravens might be more desperate and that could prompt a surprising trade.