Jets release Eric Decker after failing to complete trade

Eric Decker attempts to speed away from Oakland Raiders defenders

The Jets will release Eric Decker on Tuesday a source told

The team released the veteran wide receiver Monday after being unable to trade him over the past week.

The New York Jets continued their roster purge this week by parting ways with yet another veteran.

Decker was limited to three games last season before landing on injured reserve with left shoulder and hip injuries.

Now, Brandon Marshall is playing for the New York Giants, where he says he will retire after two seasons.

One week after the Jets promised to get rid of Eric Decker, the team has finally made the move.

A third-round pick of the Broncos in 2010, he has amassed 385 receptions, 5,253 receiving yards and 74 touchdowns in his career. The two have combined for only 122 total receptions in their entire careers.

Decker signed a five-year, $36.25 million contract with the Jets in March of 2014 and spent three years in NY. "To all the diehard fans-I wish we would of accomplished more for you but I sincerely appreciate the support through all the ups and downs!" His 10 red-zone touchdowns in 2015 set a Jets single-season record. In his first season in NY, his numbers dropped to 962 yards but he rebounded in 2015 when he and Brandon Marshall shined.

The Daily News reported last week that the departures of Decker and linebacker David Harris were prompted by owner Woody Johnson's desire to slash the payroll in a rebuilding year, although general manager Mike Maccagnan denied that was the case. In 2016, everything seemed to fall apart starting with the quarterback play. The Jets will eat $1.5 million in dead money under the salary cap in '17 as a result of the release.

With Decker now gone the Jets have traded or released 11 players this offseason, saving them $68 million.

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