The marriage between the New England Patriots and veteran wide receiver Eric Decker has been a long time coming. Since the 31-year-old left the Denver Broncos after the 2013 season, it’s seemed like he was destined to end up playing in New England. Now, that idea has finally become a reality.
“I’m kind of happy it worked out the way it did,” Decker told the assembled media after practice yesterday. “…There’s no question why [the Patriots] consistently win, why they’re consistently on top. Every detail, everybody throughout the building does their job to the best. It’s quite fascinating to be a part of it and just trying to fit in.”
On July 31, it was reported that Decker was visiting and working out with the Pats. It took less than 24 hours for us to find out exactly why the team might need him, as Wednesday brought news that the team had placed Jordan Matthews, a talented but often injured wideout, on injured reserve due to a hamstring issue sustained in a practice just a few days earlier.
Now this was all adding up and making sense. New England’s depth in the passing game was waning and though they are a team that seems to always find a way, there was someone out there that might make the loss of Matthews, Julian Edelman, and Danny Amendola, hurt less. That player was Decker, and it was time for him to revive his career with the help of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
Decker has been a bit injury-plagued in his own right. After signing a big money deal with the Jets a few years back, he’s had some rough luck and spent last season as a rather unproductive afterthought with the Tennessee Titans. What place brings the best out of almost every player that walks through the door? Where can a smart, respected veteran get back to his former glory and chase a ring? That would be Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The two sides made it happen, and the fit could not be better. One guy didn’t want to continue to sit on the sidelines and watch his career fade away as an unsigned free agent. The other guy needs a reliable cog to plug into what is already a championship machine. It’s a perfect match, so start printing the “Decker” jerseys in red, white and blue. He’ll step in and become a fan favorite like he’s been a Patriot all of his life. It’s the way it was meant to be.