Last week Eric Decker was a free agent. He is starting off this week in a better way. He will no longer have to search for a new team, his hunt has come to an end. A new team found the wide receiver. It was a very progressive weekend for the wide receiver.
Just because the New York Jets did not see a future with the wide out, it did not mean another team would not. As he was released by New York, Decker caught league attention quickly. One of the teams that was eyeing Decker was the Titans.
Fortunately the Tennessee Titans offered Decker a new beginning, and he accepted their offer with arms wide open. His career with the Jets is over, and his career with the Titans is just starting. He will be wearing a Tennessee uniform for at least next season.
The former Jets star inked a deal with the Titans this weekend. The team announced the news on Sunday. The Titans were not thinking long-term with Eric Decker, he was just signed for one-year, according to the New York Post. After that year expires, the Titans will likely go from there.
A relocation could work out well for Decker and company. His family lives near Nashville to be close to Music City for his wife, who is a country singer. Decker first raised eyebrows of a potential future with Tennessee last week when he made a visit at the team’s headquarters.
It was his only known visit to a team since parting ways with the Jets. Now the 30-year-old will be playing for them. While the Jets might of wanted to head into a younger direction, being that their team was full with veterans, the Titans know the true value of a veteran player.
The experience of a veteran player can not be matched by a rookie. A rookie can not duplicate all the field time. New York will mark Decker’s third team in the NFL.
A new team could be a good turning point for Decker’s career. He has had a rough past pair of seasons. He has not looked like his usual self. Decker has the potential to provide some spark in their Titans offensive game.He will be working with third-year quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Titans appear to be on the rise, and Decker could be a big part of that.
Over the course of his past three seasons with New York, Decker started in 31 of his 33 games. He caught 163 passes for 2,183 yards and 19 touchdowns. His best season came in 2015 when he caught 80 passes, ran for 1,027 yards, and scored 12 touchdowns.
Will the Jets be a turning point for Eric Decker? Can Decker start off his Titans career with some loud offense? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod