Is Denver Broncos' Eric Decker Worth No. 1 Receiver Money?

By Tylor Walden
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One member of the wideout trio may not be back for the Denver Broncos in 2014.

Eric Decker, the No. 2 wide receiver for the team the last two seasons, becomes a free agent once Mar. 11 arrives, and there is no doubt fans want to see Decker back in orange and blue in 2014. But it is a lot more complicated than that. Decker believes that he should receive No. 1 wideout money. There is no denying that he has performed well enough to get that amount. The only issue is cap space.

The Broncos do not have a lot of cap room. Granted there will be some that frees up once the players the team does not want to keep hit the market, but can the Broncos afford to pay Decker the amount of money he would like to see? The Broncos also are trying to prepare for the future as well. Demariyus Thomas and Julius Thomas become free agents next season, and the team believes they have played well enough to give them the money they deserve. Plus Wes Welker hits the free agency market in 2015 as well. Granted they do not have to pay too much to keep him around; it is the top wideout and tight end that they want to see in the orange and blue.

In my opinion, I believe that Decker has played well enough to be paid the money he deserves. The only issue is looking towards the future and if the Broncos can afford him for the long haul. I believe that it will come down to how much they can give to him. He is set to test the market, and some teams could use the services of Decker on their team.

This next month will determine if the Broncos and Decker can come to some kind of agreement that benefits both sides. Decker has let it be known that he wants to remain in Denver, but only time will tell if that becomes a possibility.

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

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