Posted: 7:23 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
By Mike E. Kaye
Broncos soon-to-be free agent wide receiver Eric Decker is willing to return to Denver for the right price.
Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker is set to become a free agent in March, but told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he is willing to return to Denver if they can work out a deal. Decker will likely be the top wide receiver in the free agency class and is looking to cash in on his success with Peyton Manning and Denver's high-powered offense.
Decker is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with at least 11 touchdowns. A former third round pick, Decker has greatly benefited from the Broncos signing of Manning in 2012. Much like his offensive teammates, Decker has not only raised his profile but has also made him a fantasy football asset.
At only 26, Decker could see a serious long-term deal on the open market. Giants wide receiver signed a five-year deal worth $43 million in an extension before last season and Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (another former Manning teammate) signed a similar five-year deal worth $42.4 million in the summer of 2011. Those two deals will likely serve as the starting point for Decker as he shops his services around the league.
With the Broncos needing to re-sign several players as well as lock up young talent on extensions, meeting Decker's contract demands could be very difficult. Decker is likely saying all the right things but will inevitably sign somewhere else. The Browns, Raiders, Jets and Patriots could use an upgrade at wide receiver and have money to spend.