Eric Decker wants in on the Patriots.
While appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, the free agent receiver noted that he sees New England as a “good fit” for him at this stage of his NFL career. He also said that he wants to go to place where he has a chance to win a Super Bowl. Couple that with his familiarity with Josh McDaniels, his former Broncos coach, and that’s why he’s zeroed in on the Patriots.
“I think the Patriots would be a good fit and being drafted by Josh McDaniels in Denver,” Decker said, via Sirius XM NFL Radio. “I talked with New England last year during the Free Agency process in June. That is always an option that I would definitely love to entertain.”
He added: “I took a few visits and talked to some teams. At this point in my career, I want to go somewhere where I can compete for a Super Bowl and be in a good system and be with a Quarterback that my skill set would be an addition to the team.”
Decker is most known for his time with the Denver Broncos where he totaled back to back 1,000-plus yard seasons to go along with 33 touchdowns over a four year span. After he left Denver, Decker landed with New York where he spent the next three seasons with the Jets where he was relatively successful going over 900 yards receiving in 2014 with five touchdowns and 74 receptions. In 2015, he then over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 2016, he was limited to just three games and then hit free agency last offseason.
As he noted Decker had some contact with New England last year, but ultimately signed with the Titans. With Tennessee, Decker played in all 16 regular season games and caught 54 of his 83 targets for 563 yards and one touchdown.
Through two playoff games last year, Decker caught eight passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. That score ended up being the game winner against the Chiefs in the Wildcard Round.
While Decker may want to be a Patriot, there hasn’t been any indication that New England is interested this year. Already they are seemingly loaded at the receiver spot with Jordan Matthews, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kenny Britt, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Julian Edelman and others on the 90-man roster. Given that depth, it’s curious if New England would consider bringing in another body to compete.
So now that Decker was made the call to the Patriots, now all we have to do is wait to see if Bill Belichick will pick up. What does make things a bit interesting is Julian Edelman’s pending four game PED suspension. If he loses his appeal, the Patriots will have an extra roster spot on the 53-man roster. Could Decker be looked at as a veteran body to help keep the offense afloat during that time? It’s possible.