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Eric Decker shelled out $25K (and a steak dinner) to land No. 87 Jets jersey

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When Eric Decker signed his 5-year, $26.25 million deal with the New York Jets a few weeks ago, one aspect of moving to his new team nagged at him: Someone on the roster already was wearing his No. 87 jersey.

Jeff Cumberland, who signed a three-year deal in the offseason to stay with the Jets, has worn the No. 87 jersey last season after wearing No. 86 for the previous two seasons.

Decker apparently approached Cumberland about what it would take to make a jersey number switcheroo and the New York Daily News has learned it did not come cheaply for Decker.

“I reached out to Jeff and asked him how dedicated he was to the number,” Decker said during an introductory conference call with reporters a few weeks back. “We’re going to negotiate what we’re going to do with the number…. Obviously, he’s been there for his four year-tenure. That’s something that is up in the air. Maybe we can negotiate. Otherwise I’ll have to find a new home and a new number.”

Cumberland and Decker came to a mutually agreed upon number, as well as one additional condition. The Daily News reports that Decker has agreed to pay Cumberland $25,000 and foot the bill for a steak dinner in exchange for the clearly heavily coveted No. 87 jersey.

Before feeling too bad for Decker, keep in mind that his contract with the Jets includes $15 million in guaranteed money over the first two years of the deal. Also, he considers New Jersey “underrated” so he likes his new home.

Oh, and he’s married to Jessie James Decker and the two recently welcomed the couple’s first child into the world. And this is what James Decker looked like several months into her pregnancy.

So yeah, he’s got a good gig going.

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