Several different sources confirmed that former NY Jets and Denver Broncos WR Eric Decker has signed a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans. Decker signed with the Titans only five days after he was released by the Jets. Tennessee was the only team that spoke to Decker even though there were some rumors that he might sign with the Dallas Cowboys.
A 30-year-old WR had health issues in the previous season, and he only played three games before he was placed on injured list and he has undergone both hip and shoulder surgery this offseason. The Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said: “We brought him in, and I talked to him this morning for about 25 minutes. I got a chance to meet him, I’d never met him. It’s similar to a draft (visit) when you do the top-30 visits, it’s a similar situation. You get a chance to meet them and do a physical. The whole visit was to get to know him, and make sure he is healthy.”
Decker will be a great addition to the Titans because they really need a veteran figure at the wide receiver position. In some of the recent times, quarterback Marcus Mariota has targeted tight end, Delanie Walker. The Titans used two of their top draft picks for wide receivers Corey Davis, who is similar to Decker, and Taywan Taylor. The leader in receptions and receiving yards last season for the Titans was Rishard Matthews, who will come back this year.
The exact details of the deal remain unknown, but Decker had a five-year, $36 million deal with the New York when he was cut after three years, so we can guess his contract with the Titans. Between 2012 and 2015 Decker averaged slightly more than 10 TDs per year and caught 74 or more passes. Since 2012, his 43 receiving TDs rank fifth in the NFL and his 4,535 receiving yards placed him at 18th.
The quarterback of the Titans, Marcus Mariota talked about Decker last week: “For me, you can’t really comment on those things because he is not a part of our team. So, until he is, and all means I wish him the best. But I am happy with the guys we have now and the guys who are working. We’ll see where that goes.”