Jets, wide receiver Eric Decker agree on deal

Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) warms Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) warms up before a game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Photo Credit: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

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In the end, the Jets got their man. Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, the team announced it has reached terms with free-agent wide receiver Eric Decker.

Signing the former Bronco was the Jets' top priority -- and they apparently made Decker feel extra special as Rex Ryan & Co. wined and dined him.

The Jets did not announce the terms of the deal, but ESPN reported it's a five-year, $36.25-million deal that includes $15 million guaranteed. Many assumed Decker would seek as much as $8 million to $9 million per season.

Decker, who turns 27 on Saturday, posted career highs in receptions (87) and receiving yards (1,288) and caught 11 touchdown passes last season. Although some questioned whether that had more to do with having future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning as his quarterback, the Jets believe he can instantly upgrade their offense.

Tuesday, Day 1 of free agency, came and went without a peep from the Jets, but their plan finally was put into motion Wednesday. The Jets announced they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Breno Giacomini. The former Seahawks starting right tackle will replace Austin Howard, who on Tuesday agreed to a five-year deal with the Raiders worth $30 million (including $15 million guaranteed).

They also agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Leger Douzable, according to a source. The defensive lineman had 22 tackles and 11/2 sacks in 16 games.

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The wide receiver position, however, was their biggest point of emphasis. And there's a chance GM John Idzik isn't done shopping for wideouts. Packers free agent James Jones is reportedly on their radar. Panthers free agent Brandon LaFell visited the Patriots Wednesday, but a source left open the possibility of a visit to the Jets, too.

 

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