Eric Decker leaves Broncos, signs with Jets

Doug Pensinger

Eric Decker goes from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith.

Real-life fantasy football was fun while it lasted, Broncos fans, but the greatest offense in NFL history is now disbanded. Eric Decker, who contributed 87 receptions, 1,288 yards, and 11 touchdowns to Denver's record-setting offense in 2013, has left Mile High Country for the Big Apple.

Eric Decker has signed with the New York Jets, the team announced.

The move means Decker will play eight games a year at the Meadowlands, where he and the Broncos blew a Super opportunity, 43-8. He'll have Geno Smith throwing him passes instead of Peyton Manning.

But he'll be in New York, and he'll be well paid. It's reportedly a five-year deal for Decker worth $36.25 million with $15 million in guarantees. Sponsorship opportunities will be prevalent. Television opportunities will be too.

As we talked about for weeks, the Broncos were never intent on keeping Eric Decker. They viewed him as a #2 wide receiver, and figured he would demand #1 receiver money. His contract with the Jets isn't quite blockbuster, but it was still more than the Broncos were willing to shell out - especially with Demaryius Thomas, a true #1 WR, approaching free agency a year from now.

For now, the Broncos' plan to replace Decker's production rests in the hands of returning wide receiver Andrew Caldwell, who signed a two-year, $3.4 million deal with the Broncos Tuesday. Denver is likely to add another wide receiver or two in free agency and/or the draft. They are said to have expressed interest in Brandon LaFell.

Decker expressed his appreciation to Broncos fans and his excitement for times ahead. With his and Jessie James' baby expected any day now, it's an exciting time for Eric Decker. Congrats to him.

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