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?