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The Jets need wide receivers. That much, everyone can agree on. Where the divide begins is with which one in particular or what kind of receiver the Jets should target.
From this perspective, it starts at the X receiver position. The Jets selected Stephen Hill in the second round of the 2011 draft. The pick has yet to pan out as the Jets hoped it would.
Hill remains a developmental project, and his head coach even still to this day calls him "raw"—although admittedly, he still thinks Hill can be productive. The Jets would be foolish not to provide an insurance policy to Hill in the event that his development remains stagnant.
For this reason, the popular names have been Broncos receiver Eric Decker and Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
For a big-bodied outside-the-numbers presence, Decker is the top fit. He has the rare combination of size and speed, and he ran a 4.54 40-yard dash in 2009 at 6'3" and 217 pounds. Reports are estimating Decker to make between $9 and $10 million per year, in line with top receivers like the Vikings' Greg Jennings and the Texans' Andre Johnson.
Decker wants to be paid like a No. 1, but he should be paid like a No. 2. Spotrac predicts a team will meet his demands, but if he's willing to meet the Jets halfway, they should pull the trigger on the signing.
If not, Sanders would be the more economic option. He doesn't have Decker's size-speed combination, but he has plenty of speed (4.41 40-yard dash at the 2010 combine) and plenty of experience as an X receiver.
He ran just 14.3 percent of his routes from the slot in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert didn't seem in any big rush to re-sign Sanders, who is one of the receivers the Jets "covet" in free agency, according to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.
Those are just two names the Jets could target, but there are others.