I am by no means a master of contract negotiations. I do not find myself to be overly capable of predicting the price that a player will garner either. I do believe that I am more than capable of pointing out things that will inflate and deflate a players next big pay.
The Jets will be looking to bolster their WR's this offseason. Two of the names on the short list are Eric Decker and Golden Tate. Both just finished up their season in the big game. One had possibly the best QB to ever lace up his cleats throwing to him. The other had a young kid who is known more for his scrambling than his throwing. Neither of them came up big.
Eric Decker came away with only 1 catch for 6 yards. He returned 1 punt for 9 yards. The entire Denver Bronco team laid an egg. Decker maybe more than most. 8 players caught a pass from Peyton Manning. Of those all but 2 caught multiple passes. Those two are Eric Decker and running back C.J. Anderson. Anderson atleast picked up 14 yards on his one touch. Decker has been a strong front runner for who the Jets should pick to be their man. He is young and talented. He was considered an overly talented number 2 receiver, or an under talented number 1. In this game he looked like neither. Peyton Manning completed a Super Bowl record 34 passes. 21 of those went to either Demaryius Thomas or Wes Welker. The true number 1 and the slot receiver respectively. The Bronco's number 2 never showed up. Does this mean Decker will get less interest when he hits free agency? I think that is a distinct possibility. Teams who wanted him to be their number 1 might think twice after seeing him on the big stage. Atleast it will give teams a little more leverage to try and low ball, or maybe in this case, come to a fair deal between both sides. Had Decker come on for a monster game he was going to get a monster contract. Think Santonio Holmes. He was never a true number 1 receiver but after a heroic Super Bowl he got paid like one. What do you think Decker was going to get before the Super Bowl, and what do you think he is going to get now? Answer below.
Golden Tate is mentioned as one of the Jets offseason targets, but not in the same tone as Decker. Tate is a young talented receiver, but is shorter and seemingly less talented than Decker. He has a QB throwing to him who is a leader in every sense, but not a top QB in a throwing talent or throwing statistics sense. Tate came away with 3 catches for 17 yards. He also returned 1 kick for 20 yards. These numbers are pedestrian but not desolate like Decker's. Tate did absolutely nothing to earn himself a bigger payday. He also did little to destroy the pay that was already coming his way. As with Decker, a massive game on Sunday could have earned him a lot more come free agency. What do you think Golden Tate would get in a contract before the Super Bowl? What do you think he will get now? Answer below.
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Do you still want Decker? Do you still want Tate? Do you have a new price that you want them at now? Tell us in the comments.