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Eric Decker got No. 87 from Jeff Cumberland for $25K and a steak dinner

Eric DeckerIt looks like Eric Decker will be keeping his No. 87 jersey with the New York Jets, but his lucky number did not come cheap. Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland has worn No. 87 in New York the last several years, and the 26-year-old knew better than to just hand it over. He reportedly made his new teammate pay.

According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, Decker had to pay Cumberland $25,000 and take him out to a steak dinner in exchange for his No. 87. Cumberland will now wear No. 85.

Cumberland is a little-known player who caught just 26 passes for 398 yards last year, but that doesn’t mean he has to let a star receiver stroll in and just take his number. We have heard of that happening before in the NFL, so props to Cumberland for standing his ground.

When you take into consideration how much Darrelle Revis allegedly paid for his No. 24 in Tampa Bay, Decker may have gotten a deal.

Rex Ryan jokes about Eric Decker being too good-looking for Jets

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Rex Ryan thinks Eric Decker might have a tough time fitting in with the Jets, and it’s not because of reason you might expect.

Ryan talked about his Jets during an interview with “Daily News Live” on SNY Thursday, and he was asked about Decker’s reality show.

Decker and his wife, Jessie James, have a reality show on E! that figures to receive more attention now that the couple is moving to New York.

Ryan joked that reality TV is not for him after the way things went during his time on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” He then took it upon himself to address Decker’s good looks.

“I will say this: that’s a good-looking kid now, there’s no question about it,” Ryan volunteered. “When he showed up, I’m like, ‘he’s not going to fit in the locker room because he’s way better looking than the rest of the guys we’ve got.’”

The good news for Jets fans is that Rex isn’t worried about Decker’s reality show being a distraction.

“I think he’s going to be more focused on football than he will anything else.”

We agree with him. Even with getting married, his wife being pregnant, and the reality show, Decker still had 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He’ll be fine no matter what. And if something goes wrong with football, he can always just pursue modeling.

H/T Manish Mehta

Jessie James Decker teased Jets fans before husband signed

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The New York Jets signed Eric Decker to a five-year, $36.25 million contract on Wednesday night. In doing so, they addressed their biggest need by adding the best wide receiver available. Jets fans would have been furious if their team did not end up with Decker. Fans in New York had already envisioned him in green, especially if they read his wife’s tweets.

Shortly after 10 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jessie James Decker sent the following tweet.

Everyone assumed the tweet meant Eric had signed a new contract, and the Jets were the favorites to land him. However, nothing had been announced yet and Jessie had to do a little backpedaling a few minutes later.

An appointment with a doctor at 10:21 at night? Come on now. Fortunately, Decker ended up signing with the Jets. After seeing what the Patriots did just a few hours earlier, Jets fans would have blown a gasket if Jessie got them excited over nothing.

Is Eric Decker going to sign with the Jets?

Eric DeckerEric Decker is one of the hottest wide receivers on the free agent market, and the Jets are the first team he met with. Does that mean he is likely to sign with New York? That could be the case.

The Jets have a desperate need at wide receiver. Their current options are Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and Stephen Hill, so that group could use a big upgrade regardless of who wins the starting quarterback job.

Decker had 85 catches in 2012 and 87 the season before, and he’s scored 24 touchdowns the past two seasons. Though the numbers are likely inflated thanks to playing with Peyton Manning, Decker was still a valuable weapon and caught 8 touchdowns in 2011 with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow throwing to him. Simply put, he’s a difference-maker on the field and has proven he can score regardless of who his quarterback is.

Golden Tate, who was the other top free agent wide receiver, agreed to a five-year, $31 million contract with the Detroit Lions that calls for $13.25 million guaranteed. Even though some view Decker as a number two receiver rather than a number one, he will still likely command more money than Tate received.

Don’t be surprised if the Jets are the team that ends up paying him. They have plenty of cap space and a huge need for an offensive play-maker. Plus, Decker already stated that he’s going to do in free agency what’s best for his family, which usually means taking the biggest contract available.

Colts reportedly interested in Eric Decker

Eric DeckerEric Decker is set to make big money in free agency this offseason, and the Indianapolis Colts are said to be one of the teams interested in signing him.

CBS Denver reporter and Denver radio host Vic Lombardi reports that the Colts are one of the teams interested in Decker. He also says Decker would love to play with Andrew Luck if the Broncos don’t bring him back.

Decker will be 27 next season and is coming off his finest year as a pro. He caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns playing with Peyton Manning. Though Decker received a boost playing with the MVP QB the past two seasons, he was even productive and managed to find the end zone consistently when teaming with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow, so you know the guy can play.

Decker will be paid like a No. 1 receiver by some team and the Broncos will likely let him walk. Denver has multiple talented receivers and probably don’t think paying Decker top dollar is a good use of their limited funds.

Decker also said during the offseason that he will do what’s best for his family, which seems like an indication that he will go to whomever pays him the most. If that turns out to be the Colts, they’ll be even more of a dangerous team. They already have a good quarterback and offense but were lacking a second receiving threat, especially after Reggie Wayne got hurt.

H/T Rotoworld

Eric Decker got good luck butt squeeze on wife Jessie James

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Eric Decker is going into the Super Bowl with an advantage over everyone: he has good karma from his wife, Jessie James.

Jessie James Decker posted the above picture on her Instagram account Saturday, the day before the Super Bowl, of her husband Eric grabbing her butt as part of a massive hug at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. We love her clothes, too.

She’s wearing a great sweatshirt that says “Mrs Decker” on the back, and she has some Denver Broncos-colored socks on under her boots.

Jessie James Mrs Decker

Jessie James is a singer and has her own career in music, in addition to being the wife of the Broncos’ receiver. The two were married last year and have a reality TV show on E! where their goal is to show that reality TV couples can actually work and be drama-free. But they are about to have some drama this offseason — Jessie is pregnant with the couple’s first child, and Eric is likely to end up with a different team because he’ll be a free agent.

As long as Decker gets to take wife Jessie with him wherever he goes, we have a feeling that he’ll be pretty happy. I mean who wouldn’t love a wife who’s cool with her hubby grabbing a handful of the butt and then posting that pic online?

Photo: Instagram/Jessie James

Eric Decker may leave Broncos as free agent

Eric DeckerRemember how we said that the Denver Broncos offense may have a drastically different look next season? We already told you that Peyton Manning could retire and that Knowshon Moreno likely won’t be back because he’ll be a free agent. Well you can add Eric Decker to the list as well.

Decker is in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent after the season. He has scored 33 touchdowns in the past three seasons and had 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Those are impressive numbers and the kind of stats that will result in him commanding a big contract in the offseason. But will the Broncos be able to match what another team offers him?

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Broncos, who have a glutton of receivers with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and tight end Julius Thomas, view Decker as a No. 2 receiver. That means they probably won’t be able to match the type of offer he’ll receive elsewhere.

Based on what he’s done the past three seasons, don’t you think another team will pay him like a No. 1 receiver? Some teams are desperate for playmakers on offense and one squad will no doubt give him big money. I wouldn’t be thrilled about overpaying Decker the way you know someone will, but he is a good playmaker and proved that even without Manning, he can still find the end zone. If he can score 8 touchdowns with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow as his quarterbacks, you know he can get it done with anyone back there.