In what has been a somewhat interesting breakup, wide receiver Eric Decker has been officially cut by the New York Jets, who recently made it clear that they would be moving on from the veteran in the form of a trade or release.
Jets are releasing Eric Decker, per source. With other teams wanting NY to eat some Decker salary, NY could not make numbers work for trade.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 12, 2017
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.
It’s hard to determine what to make of the release in terms of a potential courting of Decker by Baltimore, as they were one of the teams who inquired about the player in a possible trade scenario.
On the one hand, it could mean that the Ravens interest has waned thanks to the presence of Maclin, but on the other, it could mean that they would like to sign him now that he is fully available.
If they do so, it is hard to tell where the cap space could come from given how tight the team is against the limit, but a potential release of a player like Benjamin Watson could free up several million dollars in space to maybe pursue Decker.
A lineup of Mike Wallace, Maclin, Breshad Perriman and Decker would easily be the best stable of receivers that Joe Flacco has ever had to work with. Hopefully Ozzie Newsome is somehow able to make that happen.