Titans Sign Eric Decker

The Titans have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent wide receiver Eric Decker, according to Paul Kuharsky of Midday 180 (Twitter link).Eric Decker (Vertical)

Decker, 30, becomes the latest addition to a Tennessee offense that has already seen numerous upgrades this offseason. The Titans used the fifth overall selection in April’s draft on Western Michigan wideout Corey Davis, and later drafted West Virginia pass-catcher Taywan Taylor in the third round. Third-rounder Jonnu Smith will pair with veteran Delanie Walker at tight end, while other wide receivers on Tennessee’s depth chart include Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe, and Harry Douglas.

The Jets decided in early June that they would either release or trade Decker after his three seasons in New York, and after holding talks with the Ravens about a potential swap, Gang Green cut ties with Decker last week. In addition to the Titans, the Browns also reportedly had some level of interest in Decker. The Broncos, meanwhile, were not interested in a reunion with Decker, while the Eagles — despite finishing second in the Jeremy Maclin sweepstakes — also weren’t in on Decker.

Decker, who currently lives in the Nashville area, was excellent from 2012-15 with Denver and then New York, as he averaged 82 receptions, 1,085 yards, and 10 touchdowns per year during that span. 2016 was a down season for the seven-year pro, however, as Decker appeared in only three games thanks to a shoulder injury that ultimately landed him on injured reserve. Nine catches, 194 yards, and two touchdowns marked the only production for Decker in his final Jets campaign.

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5 comments on “Titans Sign Eric Decker

  1. jacobsigel1025

    Great fit, gives Mariota plenty of room for improvement by adding Eric Decker after drafting Corey Davis

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  2. bsteady7

    Takes pressure off of Davis. He’s going to be a good one!

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  3. bravesfan88
    bravesfan88

    Man, Tenn. will definitely be a team to watch out for this season. With their already daunting running attack now coupled with these new offensive weapons, they could be pretty scary offensively.

    Decker, Matthews, Walker, Davis, Taylor, and Smith with guys like Sharpe and Douglas as receiving weapons they are pretty stacked. Not to mention the fact that they could use their RB’s more out of the backfield for short passes as well…And add-in the dual threat ability of Mariota in the running game, and boy oh boy opposing defenses are going to have their hands full with this well-rounded, and very balanced attack…

    If their defense continues to improve, they could very well be a suprise contender come playoff time…With a solid core of the following returning starters and new additions: Logan Ryan, D.Morgan, J.Casey, B.Orakpo, Adoree Jackson, J.Cyprien, B.McCain, Woodyard, D. Searcy, Sylvester Williams, and Co. the Titans defense should take a major step forward this upcoming season.

    With Dick LeBeau, Eason, Townsend, and Spanos all being very highly respected defensive coaches, and with their combination of new and existing talent, this defense could be sneaky good this year as well, making the Titans one of the best all-around teams in the AFC.

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