After visiting the Tennessee Titans last week, Eric Decker has finally signed a 1-year contract with the team. Titans QB Marcus Mariota should be throwing a party for the Titans front office right now, since they’ve helped him significantly this off-season.
The following is from the Titans official website
“It was kind of a perfect storm,” Decker said on Monday. “You only get so many years to play this game, and I wanted to find the right fit. I wanted to come to a place where I can help out, and this is home.
“There were a lot of factors. This is a team on the rise, and I like the coaching staff, the GM, and the philosophy upstairs. I like the quarterback, the locker room and the mentality. When I talked to the GM and the coaches, finding out what they wanted out of me, what my role would be, Tennessee was the best opportunity.”
Tennessee has signed Eric Decker, drafted WR’s Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor, and drafted TE Jonnu Smith out of Florida International in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Decker had 2 outstanding years in Denver, totaling 1,064 receiving yards and 10 TDs in 2012, and 1,288 yards and 11 TDs in 2013, both with future Hall-of-Fame QB, Peyton Manning. He also had an outstanding year with the New York Jets in 2015, where he totaled 1,027 yards and 12 TDs. Also, that year, Decker and Brandon Marshall were the best WR duo with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick running the show.
Pros: Decker will improve the Titans WR depth chart remarkably, and it gives Mariota another veteran option to throw to. He can also mentor and teach the younger receivers. This signing also brings some veteran presence to the WR group, which the Titans desperately need. He can never stay healthy, but if he’s close to 100% this season, he would be a threat in the red zone.
Cons: He’s had 7 injuries since being drafted in 2010. He will most likely have to battle with rookie 1st-round pick Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews for 2nd or 3rd roster spot in training camp this year. Tennessee could have used this empty roster spot for someone on the defensive side of the ball, like a DE.
Decker has had 7 injuries since being drafted in 2010. Hopefully being in Tennessee with a future All-Pro QB will revive his career. Overall, it’s a good fit, provided he stays healthy.