With the news that Jordan Matthews is set to miss the entire season, the Patriots moved quickly to fill his spot. According to reports, the Patriots and wide receiver, Eric Decker have reached an agreement on a one-year deal. The 30-year-old spent last season with the Titans and expressed an interest in joining the Patriots a few months ago.
Patriots expected to sign former Titans’, Jets’ and Broncos’ WR Eric Decker to a one-year deal, per sources.
And it’s neither here nor there, but is there now a better looking QB-WR combo in the NFL than Tom Brady and Decker?
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2018
Decker will be reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels who, at the time, was the head coach of the Denver Broncos and drafted Decker in the third round (87th overall) of the 2010 NFL draft. In his four seasons in Denver, Decker hauled in 222 passes for 3,070 yards and 33 touchdowns. His final game came in the Broncos Super Bowl XLVIII loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Decker played the next three seasons with the Jets before a one-year stop in Tennessee. Last year, Decker has just one touchdown on 54 receptions and just a tick below 600 yards receiving.
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After spending time catching passes from Peyton Manning, Decker will now get an opportunity to play with Tom Brady. At least in the preseason as there is no guarantee Decker will ultimately make the team. Especially considering the depth and the fact that some feel that, at age 30, he has lost a step or two. Either way, it offers another intriguing option for the Patriots who will have a revamped receiving corps on opening night.
Terms of the agreement have yet to be announced.