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Vikings apparently won’t be pursuing Eric Decker

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Eric Decker grew up in Minnesota, went to high school there, and played college football at the University of Minnesota. Now that he’s available to be signed by any team, the NFL franchise in Minnesota doesn’t seem to be interested in bringing him home.

“We always look at everybody that is released, but we feel pretty confident with our receiving corps right now,’’ G.M. Rick Spielman said Wednesday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Just watching Stefon Diggs [and] Adam Thielen. . . . Laquon Treadwell is totally different [from 2016]. . . . And to pick up a Michael Floyd, he’s been real impressive.

Jarius Wright, he’s been kind of a forgotten man, but he’s out there making plays every day and we have two rookies that are pretty impressive so far [in Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley]. So we feel pretty confident at this point where our depth is at that position, that we do have some weapons. . . . But you never know. We always keep the door open for everybody.’’

Decker signed with the Jets after becoming a free agent following the expiration of his rookie deal in Denver. He’s now free and clear to sign with any other team. The Vikings apparently won’t be that team, absent unexpected developments.

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27 Responses to “Vikings apparently won’t be pursuing Eric Decker”
  1. FlikeMorio says: Jun 8, 2017 12:54 PM

    Smokescreen.

  2. tronkoopmn says: Jun 8, 2017 12:59 PM

    If it’s true, please don’t let how Jarius Wright looks keep us from signing Decker. “Making plays everyday” is coach speak for saying he practiced with the team.

  3. 250dollarnflowner says: Jun 8, 2017 1:04 PM

    jarius > decker

  4. trollhater says: Jun 8, 2017 1:16 PM

    Does Decker bring a new element or a significant upgrade to an existing element to the Viking offense? That is the question to be weighed against his salary demands…..

  5. fwippel says: Jun 8, 2017 1:16 PM

    It’s not like the Vikings are the only team that would be interested in Decker if they felt there was a need. The unexpected emergence of Adam Thielen last season, along with the addition of Floyd and the urgency to get Treadwell on the field makes adding Decker a non-starter.

  6. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jun 8, 2017 1:25 PM

    Thielen > Decker

  7. jtwp61 says: Jun 8, 2017 1:28 PM

    Decker is more established than any other wr on the team. Diggs and Theilen are younger and have potential to be great WRs but they have not produced the way decker has. Sign him if the price is right.

  8. purpleguy says: Jun 8, 2017 1:30 PM

    Spielman is trying to avoid having 4 native Minnesota WRs on the roster — Bradford can’t handle his entire WR corps saying “you betcha” in the huddle.

  9. northwoodsv2 says: Jun 8, 2017 1:32 PM

    Sure, sign Decker. While we’re at it, mortgage the farm and bring Fitz home. We can have the all-Minnesota boys WR corps with Thielen, Floyd, Fruechte, Decker, and Fitz.

  10. intrafinesse says: Jun 8, 2017 1:37 PM

    Hopefully he gets a decent spot with a good team.

  11. aj66shanghai says: Jun 8, 2017 1:39 PM

    They must be racist against white receivers

  12. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 8, 2017 1:40 PM

    If Decker would have been available earlier, they definitely would have signed him instead of Floyd. Let’s hope they don’t get burned by a Floyd relapse.

  13. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 8, 2017 1:45 PM

    I’d love to have Decker on the team, but there are better places for the Vikings to spend their money. Diggs and Thielen are legitimate starting wide receivers and Diggs could be on his way to becoming a star. They invested a first-round pick in Treadwell last year. I wouldn’t want to impede the development of any of these guys by signing a player they don’t really need with money they’ll need to pay Rhodes and maybe Bradford.

  14. Brobokil says: Jun 8, 2017 1:45 PM

    2 of the WR’s are from MN. The others are a safety on the practice squad and Marcus Sherels is a kick returner and cornerback.

  15. truthbetold109 says: Jun 8, 2017 1:45 PM

    If you can’t play receiver in Minnesota they either mis-evaluated your talent level or you should retire.

  16. Brobokil says: Jun 8, 2017 1:46 PM

    Oh Fruechte is from MN. I didn’t know that. My bad.

  17. cglacius says: Jun 8, 2017 1:58 PM

    His skills and demographics makes him an ideal Patriot………………

  18. jjackwagon says: Jun 8, 2017 2:00 PM

    Everyone knows Peyton made Decker look better than he really was. The Jets found that out the hard way.
    So unless you have a QB comparable to Peyton, buyer beware.

  19. atthemurph says: Jun 8, 2017 2:13 PM

    Speilman obviously is a WR wizard. I mean just look at the impressive collection of misfits, castoffs and undesirables he has assembled!

    I remember 2009 when MN had it’s last 1000 yd receiver like it was yesterday. Of course it is easy to remember since it was the only one the franchise has had since 2004.

    Spielman has only used 4 first rounders on WRs. 4! LOL and he still has a job. What a maroon!

  20. factschecker says: Jun 8, 2017 2:46 PM

    He should sign with the Giants. The Giants don’t mind it when you Decker.

    1 game suspension despite the mandatory 6 game rule.

  21. zatko says: Jun 8, 2017 3:21 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Jun 8, 2017 1:30 PM
    Spielman is trying to avoid having 4 native Minnesota WRs on the roster — Bradford can’t handle his entire WR corps saying “you betcha” in the huddle.

    This is fricken hillarious!

  22. liquidchaoss says: Jun 8, 2017 5:06 PM

    Last year Floyd couldnt catch a cold let alone a pass from pass happy Cardinals. Thats before his DUI. But all of a sudden he will have an impact with the crappy QB lineup the Vikings have? lol

  23. icebowler says: Jun 8, 2017 5:36 PM

    Now that the NFL is going to Vegas, you can also now say “I betcha”.

  24. fmc651 says: Jun 8, 2017 5:44 PM

    Decker>Floyd

  25. 13worldchampioinships says: Jun 9, 2017 9:38 AM

    purpleguy says:
    Jun 8, 2017 1:30 PM
    Spielman is trying to avoid having 4 native Minnesota WRs on the roster — Bradford can’t handle his entire WR corps saying “you betcha” in the huddle

    **

    ya sure dont cha know.

  26. filthymcnasty3 says: Jun 9, 2017 9:56 AM

    He doesn’t drink enough to play for the Vikings.

  27. fmc651 says: Jun 12, 2017 1:51 PM

    Decker’s wife would get as much attention in Mpls. As she has in NYC. She wouldn’t want him to sign there.

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