Decker skips OTA for CMT Music Awards

June, 4, 2014
Jun 4
2:15
PM ET
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Eric Decker was not on the field with his New York Jets teammates Wednesday morning, but we'll all be able to see him later on this evening.

Decker skipped the Jets' latest OTA to be a presenter at the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, along with his wife, country singer Jessie James Decker.

The wide receiver tweeted the news himself Tuesday:



Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked about Decker's absence following practice Wednesday.

"Well, speaking as a married guy, [I] absolutely recommend it that you would go to that, OK," Ryan said, smirking. "So that would be recommended I think. You know, you ask for their support, you need to support them, too."

Decker signed a five-year, $36.25 million contract with the Jets back in March, with the expectation of becoming the team's No. 1 wide receiver. The OTAs are technically voluntary, but almost the entire team was present Wednesday.

"This is really voluntary camp, there’s no doubt about it," Ryan added. "Things like this pop up, this is the time to do it, it’s not like it happened during the season. But again, certainly we support Eric and things, and he’d be treated no different than any other teammate regardless of how much they’re making."
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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