Eric Decker Played His Way Out Of Denver

By Brian Kalchik
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Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Eric Decker and the rest of the offense were beasts in the regular season, with Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas all catching 10-plus touchdown passes this season from quarterback Peyton Manning, who himself was the most prolific passer in regular season history with the most prolific scoring offense in NFL history.

None of this mattered tonight as Decker and the offense were completely obliterated by the Seattle Seahawks “Legion of Boom” defense. Decker was a no-show in the game, only catching a meager one pass for six yards. Not all of the blame can be placed on Decker, as the entire offense was completely inept. Decker was supposed to be a main option in the passing game with Richard Sherman and Demaryius Thomas expected to be lined up against each other on a majority of the snaps.

Decker finished the 2013 regular season with 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns in what now looks like an over-hyped Denver offense. The AFC was weak this season, with the New England Patriots losing a majority of their key players to injury, and the Indianapolis Colts were not the same after losing Reggie Wayne to a Torn ACL. Denver’s year in hindsight proved that numbers do indeed lie.

It will take a lot for the Broncos to re-sign Decker as he is a hot commodity among teams who are in desperate need of a quality No. 2 receiver. Quite simply, only one catch for six yards in any game, not just the Super Bowl, is downright pathetic for a player who is desperately seeking a new contract.

The writing may have already been on the wall as previous reports suggested that Decker was ready to test free agency, making this entire discussion moot.

Decker’s time is up in Denver.

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