Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Heath Farwell (55) in the third quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Decker is skipping Jets OTAs to attend CMT Awards

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The CMT Awards take place Wednesday night, and new Jets receiver Eric Decker will be there with wife Jessie James, who happens to be a country music performer of some note.

Don’t worry about this causing friction with the Jets. Rex Ryan said the team gave Decker their blessing to skip OTAs and be with his significant other at the awards ceremony in Nashville.

Rex Ryan understands that sometimes you have to put the little lady ahead of your business obligations (Rex is nothing if not a romantic). And anyway, they’re voluntary OTAs. I mean, we know they’re not really voluntary cause coaches get mad if you skip them, but technically they are still voluntary.

I’m sure Eric would love to be with his teammates learning Marty Mornhinweg’s offense and helping Geno Smith and all that, but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. And anyway it’s not such a bad way to spend your time, hanging out in Nashville with your gorgeous wife, surrounded by other gorgeous people (including Taylor Swift who will probably win every award).

I mean, if you can stand the overwhelming redneck factor that is.

And the music. A lot of that music is not so great. Eric probably likes it though, because he’s going out with a country singer.

He better like it, otherwise there could be a problem.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Great start for a wide receiver learning a totally new system, under a new coach, in a new city! It may not cause friction with Rex, but it makes you wonder about his priorities. Is it a big deal, probably not as he’s a veteran, but the word mandatory leads one to believe that he is supposed to be there!

    • AC

      Agreed. Does he really need to be at the stupid awards show? Its not even the CMAs! Which would be equally dumb.