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Rex Ryan supported Eric Decker missing OTA to be with wife Jessie James

Eric Decker wife pregnant

Rex Ryan knows how the old mantra goes: a happy wife is a happy life. That’s why the New York Jets head coach completely supported wide receiver Eric Decker missing a Wednesday OTA practice to be with his wife, Jessie James, to present at the Country Music Television Awards in Nashville Wednesday night.

Though Rex was proud of the team’s near-perfect attendance at the voluntary OTAs, he was in favor of Decker going to the event.

“Well, speaking as a married guy, (I) absolutely recommended that you would go to that, OK? So that would be recommended,” Ryan said via Newsday. “You ask for their support, you need to support them too.

“But this is really voluntary camp,” he added. “Things like this pop up. This is the time to do it. It’s not like it happened during the season. But again, certainly we support Eric and things, and he’d be treated no different than any other teammate regardless of how much they’re making.”

Decker’s wife is a country singer who has performed at Denver Broncos games in the past. She released an album in April, a month after she gave birth to the couple’s first child.

But the best part about her is her sense of humor:

That’s the real reason Rex let Eric go. That, and because she must have nice feet.

Rex Ryan takes shot at Tim Tebow with false Eric Decker stat

Eric DeckerRex Ryan is hoping Eric Decker will give the New York Jets something they have been lacking in recent years — a reliable wide receiver. Guys like Santonio Holmes have been good for stretches, but the Jets haven’t had a consistent threat at wideout since Ryan was hired. Rex is so high on Decker that he is throwing around false stats to make him sound better.

Earlier this week, a reporter asked if there is any concern over Decker’s stats being inflated over the last two seasons because Peyton Manning has been throwing to him.

“He did catch eight touchdown passes when [Tim] Tebow was the quarterback,” Ryan replied, via Newday’s Kimberley A. Martin. “Hey, that’s pretty impressive.”

While Martin chose not to address Ryan’s factual inaccuracy, Eric Edholm of Shutdown Corner pointed out that only four of Decker’s touchdown receptions in 2011 came from Tebow. He and Tebow hooked up for five scores total, and one of them came in the final week of the 2010 season. So yes, Decker managed to catch eight touchdowns in a season without Manning. That doesn’t mean they all came from Tebow.

“Clearly, he is going to be a go-to guy,” Ryan added. “We know what we’re getting. This is going to be a guy that you can get him the ball in critical situations.”

The Jets signed Decker to a five-year, $36.25 million contract, so they obviously expect him to make a huge impact. He’ll certainly be an upgrade for New York, but I doubt he can duplicate the numbers he put up with Manning.

As for Rex’s phony stat — that seems like it was more about taking a shot at Tebow than it was pumping up Decker. That just goes to show you how much Ryan enjoyed his time with the Florida Gators legend.

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