Jon Robinson’s Dealing With a Full Decker
Jon Robinson continues to amaze. He knows what he wants (players & compensation) and has a knack for making the right deals happen – Eric Decker is the latest addition (Cyprien, Ryan, etc.) that brings an upgraded infusion of talent on a reasonable, team-friendly contract.
Sure, $5.65 million is a decent chunk of change, but it’s basically a “prove-it” deal (details below) for one of the NFL’s best receivers – Short term, small guarantee and 29% incentive based. The signing is considered a win-win scenario because Decker wants to be in Nashville, has a proven record of success (should reach the majority of incentives) and wants to play for a contender while Tennessee adds another weapon to the receiving arsenal that happens to be a solid pro built in the Titans tough, team first mold. As a slot/blocking receiver and veteran locker room presence, Decker makes Harry Douglas look like Harry Potter. Personally, based on the compensation and production figures below, my belief is that Decker was J-Robbed.
Don’t agree? Let’s take a look at the contract comparisons between Decker and this off-season’s top free agent wide receivers.
Eric Decker – 1 year, $4.0M contract – $1.65M incentives – $2.5M guaranteed
Alshon Jeffery – 1 year, $9.5M contract – $4.5M incentives – $8.75M guaranteed
Kenny Britt – 4 year, $32.5M contract – $8.125M average – $17.0M guaranteed
Terrelle Pryor – 1 year, $6.0M contract – $2.0M incentives – $6.0M guaranteed
From a contract perspective alone, the Decker signing appears to have been a no brainer. What about from a production standpoint?
Using a few indicators such as receptions per game (R/G), yards per game (Y/G), touchdowns per game (TD/G), yards per reception (Y/R), 1,000-yard receiving seasons (1K/S), 80 plus catch seasons (80/S) & missed games per season (MG/S), this is how the group of wide outs fared.
NAME: R/G Y/G TD/G Y/R 1K/S 80/S MG/S
Decker: 4.1 55.3 0.54 13.6 3 (43%) 3 (43%) 2.4
Jeffrey: 4.8 72.2 0.41 15.0 2 (40%) 2 (40%) 3.4
Britt: 3.0 46.9 0.28 15.8 1 (12%) 0 (0%) 3.0
Pryor: 4.8 62.9 0.25 13.1 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 1.0
These figures are not all encompassing, but Decker finished 1st in several categories, including touchdowns per game. He also led the group with a 1.85 average category ranking (he averages better than top two when all categories are combined) while Jeffery & Pryor (only one season of stats) tied for second at 2.14 and Britt came in last at 3.0.
Although Pryor (young & inexperienced) and Jeffery (injury prone) would have been nice additions to the roster, the Titans ended up adding the best receiver for the best price. And Britt? He doesn’t belong in the conversation, despite receiving the most extensive compensation package.
Decker was another nice addition to an ever-improving roster by the best General Manager that this organization has ever seen. In the vein of businesses listing an “established” date – Tennessee Titans, J-Robbing since 2016.