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Elway expects Decker to hit the market

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Broncos General Manager John Elway isn’t closing the door on bringing receiver Eric Decker back, but he isn’t expecting to sign him any time soon, either.

Elway said that Decker, who becomes a free agent next month, will at least test free agency to find out his value. And Elway hinted that having enough cap space for tight end Julius Thomas, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and wide receiver Wes Welker may be a higher priority than keeping Decker.

I think they have to hit the market, the market sets those, especially where you look where we are and what we have coming up,” Elway said. “Both Thomases are up next year. And Wes is, too. So all that plays into it. We’d love to have Eric back, but he’s made he comment he’s like to be back. He’s got to do what’s best for Eric, too, and vice versa. That’s why we go through this process.”

It seems unlikely at this point that the Broncos will keep Decker. They already have a lot of money tied up in their passing game, and keeping Thomas and Thomas next year will be a higher priority than keeping Decker this year. Decker appears to be the odd man out.

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38 Responses to “Elway expects Decker to hit the market”
  1. ariani1985 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:29 AM

    Come to green bay, not only do we play clown music at our practices there are zero hot chicks to distract you.

  2. stevent92 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:30 AM

    Come back home Eric. Vikings would welcome you in a heartbeat.

  3. bewaredware says: Feb 22, 2014 9:31 AM

    Decker has “Redskins” written all over him.

    They will overpay, then the fans will want to know why he was so good with Manning, and not as good with Bobby.

  4. toonloonboon says: Feb 22, 2014 9:35 AM

    and the market will hit the decker

  5. simplec72 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:36 AM

    Elway needs to hit the market to determine his value next…

  6. bronc24 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:39 AM

    They should keep Decker, and trade Welker to Atlanta , Jets ,Dallas or Tampa for a high draft pick. Then find a good slot man in the draft

  7. tvjules says: Feb 22, 2014 9:39 AM

    Decker will not only owe a percentage of his next contract to his agent, he’ll also owe some to Manning.

  8. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 22, 2014 9:40 AM

    New England or Carolina.

  9. elliottcovert says: Feb 22, 2014 9:46 AM

    It always hurts to let a productive receiver like Decker go, but honestly he was more of a product of Peyton Manning than anything else.

    Also, it would be great if he was paired with another receiver named Black, thus creating the dynamic duo of “Black & Decker”

  10. nflpropickemking says: Feb 22, 2014 9:49 AM

    Welker is finished.

  11. thevikesarebest says: Feb 22, 2014 9:51 AM

    I bet he crossed out going to the pathetic packer organization like smart players do.

  12. broncomane2012 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:52 AM

    Draft Paul Richardson. He is the next DeSean Jackson and would instantly be loved by the Colorado faithful.

  13. r8danation says: Feb 22, 2014 9:52 AM

    What Would Al Davis Do?

  14. jonkoethe says: Feb 22, 2014 9:55 AM

    Rice expected to hit fiancé

  15. keltictim says: Feb 22, 2014 9:59 AM

    I could see Belichick scooping him up. But the price decker will want would kill that deal. Also I kinda expect a draft day trade bringing Larry fitz to New England reducing our need for another playmaker. Another wild speculation is bill drafts Connor shaw, the most under rated play maker in the draft, and converts him to a slot receiver. It worked well with another former qb in Julian Edelman, but I don’t know if Connor would accept a role switch.

  16. kst2074 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:02 AM

    as a Long time skins fan I am hoping the days of us giving a guy like this a big contract are over, you know we would have in the past, but no more! HTTR

  17. seatownballers says: Feb 22, 2014 10:02 AM

    What if he went to Indy?
    Colts are a star receiver away from afc championship

  18. osiris33 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:11 AM

    Did Eric Decker play in the Super Bowl? I don’t remember seeing him after his pre game interview

  19. shartlos says: Feb 22, 2014 10:28 AM

    Why on earth would anybody trade a high pick for welker? Dude is paid to well and too old. High draft picks are for future players, not washed up veterans. And to add Welker has no YAC ability anymore. Maybe he gets lucky but he falls over a lot now.

  20. forevercorr says: Feb 22, 2014 10:37 AM

    “We’d love to have Eric back, but he’s made he comment he’s like to be back.”
    I hope that’s not a direct quote, because if it is, someone should check John for other concussion-like symptoms.

  21. joro5551 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:49 AM

    If we go and spend a ton of money on Wes next year after letting Decker walk I’ll be pretty bummed. The market for mid 30’s slot WR should be pretty low.

  22. mypercyhurts2 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:56 AM

    Decker in Green Bay would be Jordy Nelson 2.0

    Somebody needs to take Ariana off the sauce.

  23. meb2360 says: Feb 22, 2014 11:10 AM

    Gotta say I’d like to see him in New England. But doubt they will pay Randy Moss money for Decker and they should’nt.

  24. 8oneanddones says: Feb 22, 2014 11:20 AM

    Tennessee. His wife is an aspiring country singer, right?

  25. stopthehate15bowdown says: Feb 22, 2014 11:40 AM

    Decker is a star just not elite. It’s all about the Thomas’s. Both are elite top 5 players and the future to any offense Peyton and beyond. We have to have cap space sign and or franchise these two. Totally fine with DT Wes and JT. The offense was plenty good enough in 2012 and we will see more power running this year if they are serious about getting back to the bowl. Love to see Decker take a one year deal for another run. Not likely so good luck Eric !

  26. broncosnative says: Feb 22, 2014 11:44 AM

    If decker is a product of manning, then maybe the broncos should release both Thomas’s and welker and sign some scrubs that manning can turn to stars. The only thing, ONLY THING that manning is doing for his receivers is throwing accurate passes. Any WR will be average if they don’t have a good accurate QB, go take a look around the league.

  27. albundy4tds1game says: Feb 22, 2014 11:51 AM

    Owes manning? He played pretty good with Tebow too

  28. watermelon1 says: Feb 22, 2014 12:32 PM

    You let this guy hit the market and patriots will scoop him up so fast.

    I’d bet the farm, and assuming he stays healthy… Him and Brady have a huge season.

  29. guachosporlife says: Feb 22, 2014 1:02 PM

    Why would they want an old Welker over a young Decker?

  30. sc5000 says: Feb 22, 2014 1:33 PM

    Decker Welker Bailey bye bye…

  31. joetoronto says: Feb 22, 2014 1:35 PM

    Get out of Denver, baby!

    The money’s in Oaktown. 🙂

  32. unkleruckus says: Feb 22, 2014 2:00 PM

    Detroit needs a solid #2, and he’s guaranteed never ever to see double coverage.

  33. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 22, 2014 2:17 PM

    If you resign decker or tag him, that is money that goes to offense, which they do not need. They need defense speed, and john elway knows this. You’re all missing the ball on this one. Elway is making plans to get one or two of those big time defensive backs, and he needs the money to do so. Defense comes first this offseason. Not offsense. Welker is already under contract. End of story.

  34. randallscrambles says: Feb 22, 2014 2:36 PM

    Panthers need to go after this guy or Maclin or somebody… Give Cam Cam some help

  35. coreyengelen says: Feb 22, 2014 7:14 PM

    Eric Decker has become a top-notch receiver, thanks to Peyton Manning. Manning can make a goat a great receiver.

    Decker will get a chance to cash in with another team, but not with a team that is a Super Bowl contender.

    I cant blame him… get the money while you are young!

    He will be missed, he is a Broncos Fan Favorite.

  36. Bronco$32&33 says: Feb 22, 2014 8:50 PM

    While I think Decker is a very good receiver, Manning is what made him hit the next tier. If he leaves I think there are some decent guys who can fill that #2 spot and not miss a beat. Gotta keep the eye on who/what more important. There’s holes in our defense that really need to be filled rather than paying a #2 receiver a bunch of money. B

  37. jasonculhane says: Feb 23, 2014 11:06 AM

    Truth is, there are better receivers in free agency. Probably will be cheaper…


    Any of those receivers can play the 2, maybe better.

  38. hoffmt28 says: Feb 26, 2014 11:21 AM

    This will be a Greg Jennings situation all over again. Guy has a good QB who increases his value, and thinks he’s worth a ton. Finds out he follows the money to a QB-less team like the queens and finds out what it’s like to be subpar. Just ask “thevikesarethebest”…plenty of experience in losing.

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