When Jeremy Maclin became available Chicago Bears fans, including myself, were hoping Ryan Pace and the front office would go after the veteran wide out. It’s no secret that the Bears have some concerns at the wide receiver position. Thanks to a recent move by the New York Jets, the position could get a lot better in a hurry.
The Jets are going to bad in 2017. There’s no doubt about that, so they decided to part ways with another veteran player. Last season, Decker played in just three games due to injury. The Jets will save around $5 million in terms of cap space.
Why it makes sense for the Bears
The Bears need all the players they can get, especially at the wide receiver position. Ryan Pace has brought in a lot of talent, the problem is a lot of that talent has trouble staying on the field. Young players like Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, and Markus Wheaton could really benefit from having a veteran wide receiver like Decker around.
The Bears have plenty of cap space to get a deal done, $26 million to be exact. Decker shouldn’t demand a ridiculous contract given his recent injury history.
When healthy, Decker was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He has three seasons in which he had 1,000 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.
The NFL is all about connections and Decker has ties to the Bears. Decker played his first three seasons in the NFL for current Bears head coach John Fox. Decker had his best seasons of his career with the Denver Broncos. Granted he did have Peyton Manning.