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Eric Decker Trade Reportedly Discussed by Ravens, Jets

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2017

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker catches a pass during the team's organized team activities at its NFL football training facility, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Julio Cortez/Associated Press

The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets have reportedly discussed a trade centered around veteran wide receiver Eric Decker

Citing sources, The MMQB's Albert Breer reported Thursday the two sides "have had trade talks." On Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter relayed word the Jets plan to release or trade Decker by week's end. 

Decker is scheduled to earn base salaries totaling more than $14.7 million if he's under contract with the Jets through the end of the 2018 season. 

However, all indications are that Gang Green—in the midst of a total rebuild—won't wind up footing that bill. Instead, they will save $7.2 million in 2017 against the salary cap through Decker's release or trade. 

As for the Ravens, targeting a receiver of Decker's caliber—especially when the Jets are without leverage—makes sense. 

Although he was limited to three appearances last season, Decker totaled, 4,341 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns between 2012-2015.

In other words, a healthy Decker would represent a solid upgrade for a receiving corps that currently boasts Mike Wallace and the injury-prone Breshad Perriman as its top two pass-catchers.  

A possible trade for Decker also indicates continued interest in adding reinforcements at receiver. 

On Thursday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced free agent Jeremy Maclin "could still sign with the Ravens" after he left his visit to Baltimore without a contract. 

Contract information courtesy of Spotrac.com

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