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    New York Jets cut Eric Decker after trade talks

    Unable to facilitate a trade, the New York Jets followed through Monday on their plan to part ways with Eric Decker, announcing the wide receiver's release.

    The Jets received trade interest for Decker, but his salary was a stumbling block. He had two years, $14.75 million remaining on his contract, none of it guaranteed. The Baltimore Ravens, who showed interest in a trade, agreed to sign veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Monday.

    "I want to thank Eric Decker for his contributions to the New York Jets over the past three seasons," Jets owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. "While with us, he was a competitive, productive, and dependable receiver who represented the team well both on and off the field. On behalf of the organization, I wish him the best as he continues his career."

    Decker's departure was only a formality, as general manager Mike Maccagnan indicated last Tuesday that Decker no longer fit their plans.

    "We think very highly of Eric, and our focus right now is seeing our young players, how they do," Maccagnan said.

    Decker, 30, was due to make a non-guaranteed $7.25 million in the fourth year of a five-year, $36.3 million contract. Because he's a post-June 1 cut, his remaining cap charges will be spread over two years -- $1.5 million in 2017, $1.5 million in 2018.

    Decker was limited to only three games last season because of a torn rotator cuff and a torn labrum in his hip, both of which required surgery. He returned ahead of schedule and had been practicing throughout OTAs.

    His best season with the Jets came in 2015, when he teamed with Brandon Marshall to form one of the most prolific receiving tandems in Jets history. Decker finished with 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    In seven years, including four with the Denver Broncos, Decker has 383 receptions, 5,253 yards and 52 touchdowns.

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    and now theres talk he might be signing with the Tennesse Titans in the not-too-distant future