Denver Broncos Must Make Re-Signing Eric Decker Top Priority This Offseason

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When everything is said and done after Feb. 2, the Denver Broncos have some questions to answer regarding the team. One priority of those plans should be to have Eric Decker around for some time.

Decker’s contract expires at the end of this season, and the Broncos should do whatever it takes to keep him in for the long run. He was quiet for the team in his first two years, but should be considered for a longer contract after his performance in the past two seasons. He recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons and had 24 of his 33 career touchdowns in the past two seasons. He emerged for the Broncos when he recorded his first punt return for a touchdown in the Monday Night opener against the Oakland Raiders in 2011. Now that he has become more of a receiving threat, he should be considered a stay in the Broncos organization as the team’s No. 2 guy. He has the speed and ability to do so.

Perhaps one reason they could have issues is because the rookie contract for Demaryius Thomas is set to expire after the 2014 season. But knowing John Elway and the Broncos, there is no way they are going to let a talent like Decker escape them. He has more than earned his place on the team. At best, they can use the franchise tag on Decker and then figure out a structural way to keep both Decker and Thomas on as well as Wes Welker. It will be a challenge, but not keeping Decker would be a mistake for the organization. He is one of the key components to this dynamic offense. Why try to fix something that isn’t broken at all?

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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  • NTHNCLLWY

    I don’t think its gonna happen. The defense needs more talent, and Decker’s agent is gonna be asking for too much after 1 great season. Especially when resigning Beadles, and Kno is far more important for the long term health of the team. He led the receiving corp in drops and fumbles, couldn’t get that onside kick vs SD, and waived off a punt that landed on the 25 and ended up on the 3 vs NE. Too many mistakes, and Peyton just makes him look better than he is. Even Bubba Caldwell had a 2 TD game this year when Welker was out. I think investing in an emerging bruising rushing attack featuring Kno and Montee will allow the team to transition away from PFM gracefully.