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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Contract breakdown: Eric Decker

By Rich Cimini

A close look at Eric Decker's five-year, $36.25 million contract shows a fair deal for both sides. Let me explain:

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Decker received $15 million in guarantees and an average per year of $7.25 million, according to ESPN data. The APY is tied for 17th in the league among receivers, according to overthecap.com -- pretty good for a player of Decker's ilk.

The deal works for the Jets because they can get out of it after two years with minimal cap damage if they decide he's not worth it. Basically, it's a two-year, $15 million contract. The cap charges balloon in the third year, which means he has two years to prove himself as a very good No. 2 receiver or a lower-tier No. 1. This is by far the largest contract general manager John Idzik has handed out to a veteran player.

The yearly breakdown:

2014

Signing bonus: $7.5 million

Base salary: $2.5 million

Cap charge: $4.0 million

2015

Base salary: $5.0 million (guaranteed)

Cap charge: $6.5 million

2016

Base salary: $6.5 million

Cap charge: $8.0 million

2017

Base salary: $7.25 million

Cap charge: $8.75 million

2018

Base salary: $7.5 million

Cap charge: $9.0 million