Eric Decker is arguably coming off of his best season in the NFL. In the 2013 regular season, Decker caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns . The year prior, Decker had 13 touchdowns and caught 85 passes for 1,064 yards (Source: NFL.com). Not too shabby.
Decker has spent his four-year career in Denver and is deserving of being a number one receiver in the league. When looking at the Broncos’ receiving leaders, Decker finished the regular season only behind Demaryius Thomas (Source: ESPN.com). With that said, Denver still has Wes Welker and young tight end Julius Thomas. The point being that the Broncos would probably be just fine without Decker, especially if they drafted a young wide receiver early on in the draft.
Decker becomes a free agent on March 11th and the chances of him remaining in Denver are not high. The question here is would there be any chance the Kansas City Chiefs might sign Decker? Just think about it. Kansas City has a few reliable receivers in Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery, but who else? Jamaal Charles stepped up as a receiver, which worked out well, but Charles shouldn’t have to do that all the time. He’s the Chiefs’ best offensive weapon and the team shouldn’t abuse that.
Looking at the Chiefs’ receiving stats from the 2013 regular season (Source: ESPN.com), Charles, Bowe, and Avery were the three leaders followed by Dexter McCluster, Sean McGrath, and Anthony Fasano. While the Chiefs will probably end up drafting a wide receiver in the first round (see my previous post), it would be better to go into free agency and pick up a receiver there.
Eric Decker would fit perfectly in the Chiefs’ system because he’s an experienced wide receiver for Alex Smith to throw the ball to. Decker could come into Kansas City and be a consistent option for Smith and the rest of the offense.
This would also be a good move because Kansas City wouldn’t have to spend their first round draft pick on a wide receiver. The Chiefs could use the 23rd overall pick on a defensive position and in the meantime, Smith would be happy knowing he has a talented guy to throw the ball to.
While all of this sounds magical, the Chiefs probably won’t sign Eric Decker. Kansas City doesn’t have the greatest wide receiving options, but they at least have three decent ones in Avery, Bowe, and Charles. Some teams don’t even have one reliable receiver, which means that teams such as the Jaguars, Jets, or Raiders will be keen on going after a solid wide receiver like Decker.
For more information on Eric Decker in free agency, here is a great article from Bleacher Report.