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87 Eric Decker WR
Height/Weight: 6-3/214 | Birthdate: 3/15/1987 | Birthplace: Cold Spring, MN, USA | Team: New York | College: Minnesota | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/94 | Average Draft Position: 58.61
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Eric Decker might be Jets' No. 1 WR, but he won't be in Fantasy


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) The past two seasons have been great for Eric Decker as he's posted over 1,000 yards and 11-plus touchdowns in each. Hitting those marks for a third straight season now that he's signed with the Jets seems very far fetched. 

Let's start with the obvious: Decker won't have Peyton Manning throwing him passes anymore. Now it'll be at the very worst Geno Smith and at the very best a free agent like Michael Vick. That's a huge step down. As you'll read in some analysis coming to the site soon, I credit Manning with helping Decker put up big numbers. Playing in a strong offense opposite Demaryius Thomas doesn't hurt things either. 

In that same analysis you'll see that I'm not a huge fan of Decker's game. In short, his best quality is his size but he doesn't always use it to his advantage. He also doesn't have speed or hands worthy of a $15 million signing bonus. 

Every year we see big-name receivers change teams via free agency and most of the time they struggle to meet expectations. My expectations for Decker in 2014 are for maybe 1,000 yards but well under 11 touchdowns -- maybe six. I'd consider him a borderline No. 2/No. 3 Fantasy wideout. 


Jets announce Eric Decker signing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The Jets announced late Wednesday they have agreed to terms on a long-term deal with free-agent wide receiver Eric Decker. Terms of the dealn are not yet known.

Decker is coming off consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, though he was working as a second option in an offense headed by a future Hall of Fame quarterback. He will step into the No. 1 role for the Jets having put up 172 receptions, 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns over the previous two seasons combined. 


Eric Decker a 'priority' for the Jets


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) The Jets have determined that signing free agent receiver Eric Decker is a "priority," ESPN's Adam Schefter said via Newsday. Decker remains one of the top free-agent receivers on the market following consecutive 1,000-yard, double-digit touchdown seasons with the Broncos. 

Eric Decker visiting Jets


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Free agent receiver Eric Decker is visiting the Jets on Wednesday, reports NFL Network. Decker caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Broncos last season.

Report: Broncos can't go beyond $6M annually for Eric Decker


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) The Broncos love Eric Decker as their No. 2 receiver but are unlikely to offer him more than $6 million annually, reports the Denver Post. "It's understandable, because they already are paying $6 million to slot receiver Wes Welker this year and are possibly confronting another $19 million combined for Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas next year," the report said.

Decker is expected to leave via free agency.


Eric Decker could be too expensive for Broncos


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/5/2014) Receiver Eric Decker is set to become a free agent this offseason, and he would like to return to the Broncos, reports the Denver Post. But money could make that difficult.

The report says Decker is expected to command a multi-year contract worth $8 million to $9 million per year. The two sides met at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis to discuss a new deal, but Broncos general manager John Elways has said Decker will be allowed to test the market to determine his value.

"I respect his decision," Decker said. "Obviously, he has a philosophy in the way he does business. We'll see what it brings."


Colts eyeing Eric Decker


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Broncos receiver Eric Decker, an impending free agent, is drawing interest from the Colts, reports WCNC-TV. The Broncos probably won't be able to afford Decker, making him one of free agency's hottest commodities.

If Decker joins the Colts, he'd give Andrew Luck a powerful weapon to complement speedster T.Y. Hilton and 35-year-old possession receiver Reggie Wayne.


Eric Decker to hit open market as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) The Broncos confirmed receiver Eric Decker will hit the free agent market, along with running back Knowshon Moreno, reports ESPN.com. "I think they have to hit the market, the market sets those, especially when you look where we are and what we have coming up," general manager John Elway said.

Elway referred to the fact that Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker all are entering the final year of their contracts.


Chargers a fit for Eric Decker, but can they afford him?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) The Chargers could use a powerful receiver in the red zone and Broncos wideout Eric Decker fits the bill, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Chargers coach Mike McCoy knows Decker well, having worked with him for three seasons before leaving Denver.

But the impending free agent probably will be too expensive for San Diego, which has little cap room, the report said. The paper expects a receiver-needy team like the Jets to overpay for Decker.


Eric Decker talks free agency priorities


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/18/2014) Wideout Eric Decker seemed a little nervous when discussing his future on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. Decker is set to test free agency after staying with the Broncos for four years. While he'd love to stay with the team, he says he needs to do what's best for his family.

"I would like to figure something out and stay here, but at the same time, my priority is taking care of my family and making sure I set myself up the right way," Decker said. "If we can get on the same page and if we can understand one another, that would be awesome, but a lot of that control is not in my hands. So I'm just going to enjoy these couple of weeks off and see what it brings."

Decker is open to compromise with the Broncos and hinted as it he would take a little less money for the right situation.

"The best offer to me isn't necessarily the most money," he said. "For me, am I going to have fun going to work every day? That doesn't add up to any dollar amount, that's priceless. The situation, the city, the organization itself from the top down, the owner, the GM, the coaching staff, the culture they've built in the locker room, all that's going to play into my decision."

Decker caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns in the regular season. He was held to a 6-yard catch in the Super Bowl.


Patriots have decisions to make at receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) The Patriots have to make some decisions at receiver this offseason, reports the Boston Herald

The first is deciding to pay free agent Julian Edelman. The report says Edelman might want a contract similar to what Danny Amendola got last season (five years and a max value of $31 million). But the Patriots will probably offer Edelman something similar to their offer to Wes Welker (two years, $10 million). Based on that, the report expects Edelman to chase the money elsewhere.

Amendola is safe this offseason despite a down year, but he could be released after the 2014 season if he struggles again. The team hopes the three second-year receivers of Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce continue to develop, and getting Rob Gronkowski (ACL) back at 100 percent is vital.

The Patriots also could look at receivers in free agency, especially if Edelman leaves, and they could be in play for Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin or Hakeem Nicks. Or if Edelman returns, the Patriots could still add someone like Brandon LaFell, Nate Burleson, Riley Cooper or Kenny Britt.


Report: Eric Decker poised to make $9 million-plus annually


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) Broncos receiver Eric Decker put up monster numbers thanks in large part to Peyton Manning. Neverthless, ESPN.com expects Decker to get paid like a No. 1 receiver and command at least $9 million annually in free agency.

The website recommends the receiver-needy Jets shy away from Decker and focus on cheaper options like Golden Tate or Jeremy Maclin, in addition to drafting a wideout early.


For Eric Decker, Browns 'certainly fit the bill'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) With free agent receiver Eric Decker possibly leaving the Broncos, USA Today says the Browns "certainly fit the bill" as Decker's next team. The paper notes Cleveland doesn't need Decker to be a No. 1 receiver -- it has Josh Gordon -- and that the Browns possess upwards of $46 million in cap room.

"Decker is also a fit in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s west coast offense, in which precise route-running is highly valued," the report said.


Eric Decker wants to return to Broncos but prepared to leave


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) Free agent receiver Eric Decker said he'd love to return to the Broncos, but realizes it's quite possible he'll be playing elsewhere in 2014. Denver probably can't afford to keep Decker with Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas entering contract years.

"You build relationships, but you know it's not going to be the same next year," Decker said, per NFL.com. "Obviously for me, I would love to come back. ... I would love to play here. Unfortunately it's something that isn't always in my control."

Decker caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns in the regular season. He was held to a 6-yard catch in the Super Bowl.


Eric Decker held to one catch


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Broncos receiver Eric Decker had a monster season, but he was strangely quiet in the Super Bowl. Decker caught just one of his five targets for 6 yards and had one drop.

Decker, who turns 27 next month, is about to hit free agency.


Report: Broncos to let Eric Decker test market


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) The Broncos plan to let receiver Eric Decker hit the open market, reports NFL Network. Denver views Decker as a No. 2 wideout and won't pay him like a No. 1 receiver, the report added.

Decker, who turns 27 next month, caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns in the regular season.


Eric Decker could be targeted by Jets in free agency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Jets will target Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker in free agency, the New York Post has speculated.

Decker said he has not given free agency much thought yet as his focus remains on winning a Super Bowl. But he praised the Jets facility in which he is training for the game. And the Jets are woefully weak at that position.

He finished the regular season with 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. But it would remain to be seen if he could approach those numbers without Peyton Manning throwing the ball to him. The Jets have no established successful quarterback and could seek out competition for Geno Smith in 2014.


Eric Decker has tough matchup in Super Bowl


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/28/2014) Broncos receiver Eric Decker could have a tough time in Super Bowl XLVIII based on the matchup with the Seahawks.

Decker and teammate Demaryius Thomas have the chance to see the most attention from Seattle's best corners in Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell, and that should be a tough matchup for both. Thomas is too good to consider benching no matter the opponent, but Decker has struggled enough of late to show he might have another bad game.

In two playoff games thus far, he's combined for seven catches for 105 yards, and he had a ball bounce off his chest in the end zone in the Divisional round against San Diego that led to an interception. If the Broncos keep Thomas on the right side then he'll likely see a lot of Sherman, meaning Decker will get Maxwell. That's no easy task, as Maxwell was targeted four times in the NFC Championship Game in coverage against Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, and he held them to one catch for 22 yards. And if the Broncos move Decker to the right side, well then Sherman should have a significant edge.

We'll see how the Broncos get creative with their passing attack, but Decker is prone to these disappearing acts since he went four games in the regular season without a touchdown. If you're looking at Decker for any Playoff Challenge leagues, consider him the No. 3 receiver at best behind Wes Welker and Thomas. He could have a tough time against Seattle's secondary this week.


Eric Decker expects physical coverage from Seahawks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2014) Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker expects the physical and talented Seattle secondary to do its best to disrupt routes and the timing of sizzling quarterback Peyton Manning.

"Schematically, defenses around the league have different plans, but when you have a quarterback like Peyton, the way to (defend) is to have a lot of press coverage," Decker said. "You see that across the board. So for us, it's about putting ourselves in the right position."

Decker is one of a quartet of Denver receivers that averaged 79 catches for 1,071 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season.


Jets to get a look at Eric Decker


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) The Jets will get an unofficial look at Eric Decker a few weeks early.

Decker is set to be a free-agent following the season, and should draw significant interest on the market. The Broncos are set to practice for a few days at the Jets facility in preparation for the Super Bowl. The team won't be able to negotiate with Decker during this period, but Decker will get a chance to look at the team's facilities, and get a feel for what it would be like to play there. It's unclear if the Jets will pursue Decker in free agency, but they could use another receiver.


Eric Decker resurfaces as a factor


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Broncos receiver Eric Decker, who had two catches for 32 yards in the playoff win over San Diego, re-emerged as a big factor in the AFC Championship Game. Decker drew eight targets, third-most on the team, and caught five passes for 73 yards.

Decker will play the Seahawks or 49ers in Super Bowl XLVIII.


Eric Decker disappoints with two catches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Broncos receiver Eric Decker was held to two catches for 32 yards in the playoff win over the Chargers. He was targeted five times, fourth-most on the team.

Decker made an impact as a punt returner, racing 47 yards on one of his three returns. Decker had a chance to score but slipped on the turf. Decker will play the Patriots in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.


Eric Decker scores 11th TD in finale vs. Oakland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker got off to a fast start as he came down with his 11th touchdown of the season during Sunday’s regular season finale against the Raiders in Oakland.

Decker caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning in the first quarter. The Broncos rested their starters in the second half, limiting Decker to only four catches for 27 yards and a touchdown in a 34-14 win. He was targeted five times.

Decker finished the regular season with 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Offensive stars for Denver cleared for Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Broncos have ruled Eric Decker (thigh), Joel Dreessen (knee), Virgil Green (knee), Trindon Holliday (shoulder), Peyton Manning (ankle), Jacob Tamme (knee) and Demaryius Thomas (neck) all active for Sunday's regular season finale against the Raiders in Week 17. 

Top Broncos trio and others probable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The Broncos have listed nine offensive players as probable for their Week 17 game at Oakland. Among them are quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle) and pass-catchers Eric Decker (thigh) and Demaryius Thomas (neck).

The others are tight ends Jacob Tamme, Joel Dreessen and Virgil Green with knee injuries, wideout Trindon Hollday (shoulder) and offensive linemen Winston Justice (finger) and Chris Kuper (ankle).