Eric Decker ‘pushing’ for Demaryius Thomas to join Jets

If his words (and statistics) are any indication, Eric Decker misses Demaryius Thomas, his former partner-in-crime with the Broncos.So, naturally, he’s jumped at the chance of orchestrating a reunion.The veteran receiver, entering his second year with the Jets, recently filmed a commercial with Thomas, using downtime between takes as a means for recruitment. Thomas is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

“I’ve been pushing for the entire year now,” Decker told The New York Post. “It was just another opportunity to talk to him about it. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens.

“I think it would be tough for Denver to let him go. So whether they franchise tag him here in the next month or give him a long-term deal, he’s just one of those premier players in this league. If he happens to make it to free agency, I would love to sign him because playing alongside him for four years and especially the last two years made it a lot of fun and made it a lot easier. He’s just one of the great players in this league.”

The Thomas-Decker tandem — they dubbed themselves “Black and Decker” — was lethal in 2013, when Denver reached the Super Bowl on the strength of its juggernaut passing attack. Decker caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning a lucrative multiyear deal from Gang Green last March. In 2014, Decker was New York’s leading receiver, but his numbers were down — 74 receptions, 962 yards, five TDs.

While the addition of Thomas would undoubtedly boost the Jets’ dormant offense, there’s virtually no chance he gets away from the Broncos. If they can’t strike a long-term deal, the team could simply slap the franchise tag on the homegrown star.

In other words, Thomas is not in control of his future.

And that doesn’t bode well for Decker’s sales pitch.

Zack Kelberman
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