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The Denver Post expects free agent Eric Decker to command $8-$9 million annually.
It's a realistic number. The Post cites the annual average salaries of Dwayne Bowe ($11.2M), Greg Jennings ($9M) and Mike Williams ($7.2M), and the NFL's salary cap is increasing by $10 million. So even if Decker's 172/2352/24 line over the last two seasons has been inflated by Peyton Manning, he's still going to get paid. The Broncos are not expected to pony up the cash as they look to 2015, when Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas need to get locked up.
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Broncos GM John Elway confirmed at the Combine he expects free agents Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno to test the open market.
"I think they have to hit the market, especially when you look at where we are and what we have coming up," Elway said. Decker is expected to command at least $8 million per season and the Broncos don't have the cap space to afford him with Julius Thomas, Demaryius Thomas, and Wes Welker all up for free agency after the 2014 season. Denver is also expected to let free agent LB Wesley Woodyard test the open market.
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The Boston Herald is the second media outlet this week to project free agent Eric Decker's forthcoming contract to be in the $10 million-per-year range.
Early last week, ESPN New York set the bar at "at least" $9 million a year. "Eric Decker might land $10 million per season," writes Herald reporter Jeff Howe. Howe believes Hakeem Nicks may only command $3 million to $4 million annually. It seems Howe is guessing, but informed guesses are notable. All signs point to Decker being paid like a true No. 1 wideout this offseason.
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ESPN New York expects free agent Eric Decker to command "No. 1" receiver-type money, or "at least" $9 million per year.
It's a pretty optimistic projection in a year where the incoming collegiate receiver group is considered incredibly deep. We'll say this for Decker: Greg Jennings landed a deal worth $9 million annually from the Vikings last offseason, and Decker is worth more than him. Still, if Decker is going to command that kind of money, receiver-needy teams would be savvy to exhaust all possible alternatives. He's a strong No. 2 wideout and not a coverage tilter.
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Free agent Eric Decker acknowledged he's uncertain whether the Broncos will re-sign him.
"I would love to come back," said Decker. "I don't know my future, either." Decker turns 27 in March, and multiple NFL insiders have reported the Broncos will let him reach the open market, where he's likely to receive several big-time contract offers. The franchise tag is not being discussed as a reasonable means for Denver to keep Decker. We expect him to play elsewhere in 2014.
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Free agent Eric Decker would "love" to re-sign with the Broncos, but admits the situation is out of his control.
It's the diplomatic tone all smart free agents strike. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Denver plans to let Decker test the open market, meaning he's all but certain to be playing elsewhere next season. The "win-now" Broncos simply don't have the cap space to lock up Decker with Demaryius and Julius Thomas both entering contract years.
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Eric Decker was held to one catch for six yards on five targets in Denver's Super Bowl loss to Seattle.
Predictably erased by Richard Sherman, Decker was catch-less at the half. He finally got on the board with an innocuous six-yard reception on Denver's initial third-quarter drive, but had a fourth-quarter drop. It was a thoroughly ineffective end to Decker's contract year, but he's likely to be highly sought-after on the 2014 free agent market. Decker turns 27 in March. We still believe any receiver-desperate teams targeting him as a "No. 1" will overpay, and likely be disappointed. Decker's numbers with Peyton Manning are an inaccurate reflection of his good-not-great skill set.