Free agent WR Decker has eyes on Patriots

By The Sports Xchange  |  June 20, 2018 at 4:38 PM
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Free-agent wide receiver Eric Decker has labeled the New England Patriots as a potential landing spot for his next team.

Decker recorded 54 receptions for 563 yards and a touchdown in 16 games last season with the Tennessee Titans, who were eliminated from the playoffs by the Patriots.

"I think the Patriots would be a good fit and being drafted by (Patriots offensive coordinator) Josh McDaniels in Denver," Decker said, via Sirius XM NFL Radio on Wednesday.

"I talked with New England last year during the free agency process in June. That is always an option that I would definitely love to entertain."

The 31-year-old Decker has posted three 1,000-yard seasons during his career. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Decker owns 439 career receptions for 5,816 yards and 53 touchdowns in eight seasons since being selected by Denver in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

New England could be looking for another wide receiver with Julian Edelman facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Edelman, who is appealing the ban, missed the 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL in an exhibition contest in August.

If the punishment is upheld by the NFL, Edelmen will miss the Patriots' season opener against the Houston Texans (Sept. 9), road games versus the Jacksonville Jaguars (Sept. 16) and Detroit Lions (Sept. 23), as well as a home tilt against the Miami Dolphins (Sept. 30).

The Patriots are thin at wideout after trading Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams and seeing Danny Amendola sign with the Miami Dolphins in free agency.

New England added Jordan Matthews and Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason and selected Braxton Berrios in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft to join a depth chart that includes Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell and Kenny Britt.

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