The New York Jets agreed to terms Wednesday night with former Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, considered by many the top free agent at his position.
Decker spent all day Wednesday at the Jets’ facility and had dinner with a contingent of team officials, including coach Rex Ryan. He gives quarterback Geno Smith and the offense a sorely needed playmaker and No. 1-type wide receiver.
While the team didn’t release details of the contract, ESPN reported the deal was for five years and worth $36.25 million, with $15 million guaranteed.
The 6-foot-3-inch, 214-pound Decker, who’ll be 27 on Saturday, set career highs last season catching passes from Peyton Manning with 87 catches and 1,288 yards receiving to go along with 11 touchdowns.
Also Wednesday, the Jets agreed to terms with Malden native and former Seattle Seahawks right tackle Breno Giacomini, quickly finding a replacement for Austin Howard, who signed with the Raiders.
Giacomini missed seven games with a knee injury last season, but was back in time for the Seahawks’ run to their Super Bowl title against Denver.
Lions land Tate
The Detroit Lions made it crystal clear to Golden Tate that he was their top target in free agency.
They booked a flight for the receiver Tuesday — when free agency began — and courted him the next day at team headquarters. Tate, who was the top receiver last season for the Seahawks, liked what he heard and joined the Lions on Wednesday.
He got a five-year deal worth $31 million with $13.25 million guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms were not announced by the team.
‘‘I had a great four years in Seattle,’’ Tate said. ‘‘ But for me, it just made more sense to come here.’’
Tate led the Seahawks with 64 catches and 898 yards receiving last season, both career highs.
The former Notre Dame star will complement All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson to form a potent 1-2 punch.
The Lions also re-signed running back Joique Bell.
Bucs land McCown
Free agent quarterback Josh McCown will sign a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, according to his agent, Mike McCartney. The deal, reportedly worth $10 million over two years, would reunite McCown with new Bucs coach Lovie Smith. A career backup, the 12th-year pro is coming off the best season of his career with Chicago. McCown started five games in place of the injured Jay Cutler for the Bears in 2013, going 3-2 and finishing the year with 13 touchdown passes vs. one interception. McCown was a third-round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2002. He spent the past two seasons with the Bears, including 2012 — Smith’s last year in Chicago. McCown, who turns 35 in July, will compete with second-year pro Mike Glennon for the starting job . . . The Browns are clearly ready to start over at quarterback, sacking two of last year’s starters, Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell. Weeden, a former minor league baseball player who couldn’t build on a promising rookie season, was let go less than two years after the Browns selected him in the first round with the idea he would solve a position that has haunted the franchise since its expansion return 15 years ago. The Browns have started 20 quarterbacks since 1999. Weeden’s run was brief and forgettable. Campbell’s was even shorter. Shortly after the Browns sent out a release about Weeden, they e-mailed a nearly identical one concerning Campbell, who went 1-7 as a starter last season.
Saffold fails physical
The Raiders were dealt a setback in their plans to rebuild the struggling franchise when offensive lineman Rodger Saffold failed a physical one day after agreeing to a $42.5 million, five-year contract. The deal reportedly fell apart over a shoulder injury that may require surgery. CBSSports.com later reported that Saffold will return to the Rams and has agreed to a five-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed . . . After watching a handful of players leave, the Seahawks made additions by agreeing to terms with former Jacksonville wide receiver Taylor Price and bringing back defensive tackle Tony McDaniel. Price’s representatives confirmed a one-year deal for the league minimum. He has not played since 2011, spending the last two seasons on injured reserve with foot injuries. NFL.com reported McDaniel had agreed to a two-year deal to return to Seattle. The additions came after the Seahawks released defensive end Chris Clemons and saw unrestricted free agents Tate, Clinton McDonald (Tampa Bay), and Chris Maragos (Philadelphia) leave for new destinations. The Cowboys cut receiver Miles Austin, as expected, saving about $5.5 million.
McCluster to Titans
The Titans signed running back/receiver/return man Dexter McCluster to a three-year, $12 million deal . . . The Ravens went 1 for 2, losing cornerback Corey Graham to a four-year contract with the Bills but retaining returner-receiver Jacoby Jones with a four-year contract . . . Saints running back Pierre Thomas agreed to a two-year extension . . . Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper was indicted in Arizona on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs, marking the latest development in investigations in five states involving the Super Bowl champion. Sharper is in custody in Los Angeles, where he has pleaded not guilty to seven rape counts in connection with two alleged attacks in Hollywood.