May 30, 2012; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and wide receiver Eric Decker (87) walk off the field following organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

NFL free agency 2014: Eric Decker believes he’ll be successful without Peyton Manning


This past week as the NFL free agency period got underway, one of the more notable signings was that of former Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker with the New York Jets. Immediately after the announcement, the questions about Decker began to rain down as to whether or not he could thrive without Peyton Manning throwing him the football.

Recently, Decker told the New York Daily News that, while Manning might be the greatest of all time, he only played half the part.

“Did he help? Of course he helped,” Decker said of Manning Friday. “He’s a future of Hall of Famer but I think I’m also a good football player and I think my skill set and my assets will help the team win football games.”

If Decker is telling the truth about that skill set, then the Jets got a steal as someone who can help mightily with the development of Geno Smith, if that’s who is under center when the season begins.

As of right now, though, the only thing that’s certain about the Jets is Decker’s five-year contract.

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