Decker wore 87 his first four pro seasons with the Broncos. Cumberland has been a Jet those same four seasons but has bounced around the mid-80s, wearing 86 from 2010-12 and 87 last season.
"I reached out to Jeff and asked him how dedicated he was to the number," Decker said after he came aboard as an unrestricted free agent two weeks ago. "I guess we are going to kind of negotiate what we are going to do with the number. Obviously, he has been there for his four-year tenure. Otherwise I will have to find a new home, a new number."
Obviously the negotiations were concluded successfully.
The other major determination is what number QB Michael Vick will wear. Vick's been No. 7 all 13 of his pro seasons, but that of course is the digit that Geno Smith put on his back for his rookie season as the Jets signalcaller last year.
Vick in a conference call last week said the Battle for Seven was over before a shot was fired.
"Geno is going to wear No. 7. I'm changing my number," Vick said. To what? "It's undecided. Who knows? I'm going to come up with something in the next week."
No word yet and in fact we may not know for a while. What can Vick possibly come up with? Maybe he's conferring with Prince on a symbol rather than a digit. We'll keep you posted.