Posted February 02, 2014

Eric Decker will test free agency this offseason, per report

AFC West, Denver Broncos, NFL Free Agency
Eric Decker caught 11 touchdowns in 2013.

Eric Decker caught 11 touchdowns in 2013. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eric Decker may be suiting up for his final game with the Denver Broncos, unless he’s willing to offer the team that drafted him a discount price.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Decker will test free agency and Denver “fears they may lose him.” Rapoport added that the Broncos want Decker to “take his best offer [and] come back to them,” presumably to allow them the opportunity to match or exceed that offer.

But the real problem for the Broncos comes in another caveat from Rapoport: Denver views Decker as a No. 2 receiver, alongside No. 1 Demaryius Thomas. Decker, though, appears to be in line for No. 1 receiver money this offseason following a 1,288-yard, 11-touchdown showing in 2013. This also will mark the 26-year-old Decker’s first foray into free agency, so he may be eager to cash in — right now, he would be perceived as the best receiver on the market. Other notable receivers poised to be free agents: Hakeem Nicks, Anquan Boldin and Jeremy Maclin.

Both Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas will be entering contract years in 2014, which means that the Broncos will have to set aside some money to ensure neither player reaches free agency. Locking down Decker at a massive cost would make it far more difficult to keep the Thomases in tow.

Another option for Denver: using the franchise tag on Decker. That, too, would be a large financial commitment. The receiver tag came in at approximately $10.5 million this season.

It is possible that the 2014 draft ultimately will hurt Decker’s quest for a lucrative, multi-year deal. The receivers in this coming May’s class are talented and numerous, with several possibly ticketed for the first round. Teams may opt to commit resources there as opposed to coughing up millions upon millions to chase a player in free agency.

How teams view Peyton Manning’s impact on Decker’s performance also could come into play. Decker’s best pre-Manning showing (44 catches, 612 yards, eight touchdowns) came in 2011 — with Tim Tebow, among others, playing QB. His numbers have skyrocketed over the past two years.

19 comments
ErnestineGarcia
ErnestineGarcia

I wish decker the best he was a great player even with all the drops & turf monster's graving at his legs asking as it ain't Bay Bay aka deep threat Thomas I'm cool Demaryius is the real deal along with julius Thomas will be more then fine we've been training Gerrell Robinson for two sumer's now good luck decker the best wishes

GaryE1
GaryE1

indy seems like a perfect fit and they have no 1st round pick with which to address wr 

ScottPoster
ScottPoster

Just thinking about the possibility of Decker and Patterson in MN, possibly with a rookie QB, makes my hopes seem unlikely.

chiach
chiach

I hope New England doesn't get him...hate the Pats.

chiach
chiach

He will end up in new england

JubJub
JubJub

Good riddance.  


I'm a Broncos fan who got fed up with his constant whining and alligator arms.  Let's see who great you are when D.T. isn't on the other side and Peyton isn't throwing the ball to you.  

SoCalFan
SoCalFan

Omaha!  go to jacksonville, pretty country boy!

WarrenSappSucked
WarrenSappSucked

who the hell cares about decker? he was a nobody before manning came, and he will be a nobody after he leaves.

Al_Fabeets
Al_Fabeets

How many here remember Decker at the University of Minnesota.... I gotta say he is definitely a number 1 receiver.

Matthew W
Matthew W

Too many hands out looking for money. Denver is going to have to let him walk in order to keep other parts. 


Decker would work out well in New England.

bostonstrong
bostonstrong

@JubJub Decker's smart. He's a college grad.  He will go to a place where he can be the true number 1 target he deserves to be.  as mentioned in previous posts NE would certainly  be a place he could find a home, Philly may lose Macklin and if a trade goes through he could end up in Arizona if Fitzgerald and the Pats work something out. The point is someone will pay him and, there is plenty of options for him, and he IS the best FA WR available this year.

Hola
Hola

@Matthew W Yes, he would fit is well with NE.  He's white.  LOL