2014 Scouting Combine: John Elway Reiterates He’d Like Eric Decker Back


Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Heath Farwell (55) in the third quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret the Broncos would like to have wide receiver Eric Decker back, though that may seem completely unrealistic at this point. John Elway knows that, but he also knows that at the right price, there is a place for Decker in Denver.

Decker has had two straight 1,000+ yard seasons with double digit touchdowns and over 80 catches. He’s been the Robin to Demaryius Thoams’ Batman, and the Broncos don’t view him as a potential ‘Batman’ type of player.

Decker’s agent obviously disagrees.

There are rumors that Decker will command $10 million on the open market, but he’ll have to get it from a team like the Jets or someone who wasn’t in the playoffs this past season, unless Indianapolis or New England is willing to break the bank.

The Broncos are one playoff team that would be interested in retaining Decker’s services, but they are preparing for him to do what’s best for him.

“Because we’d like to have Eric back and I know Eric’s made the comment he’d like to be back. But he’s got to do what’s best for Eric, too and vice versa,” John Elway said.

“I think they all have to hit the market,” Elway said. “Especially when you look at where we are and what’s coming up. Both Thomas’ (Demaryius and Julius) are up next year. Wes (Welker) is, too. All that plays into it. Fitting pieces. The hard part is you’re doing it with personalities. You’re dealing with people. That’s the hard part.”

Most expect the Broncos to focus on preparing for life without Decker, though most would also agree the Broncos are the best spot for him to be, especially with Peyton Manning still as the QB. Decker would be wise to re-up with Denver but they can’t pay him the money he wants. This will be one of the most interesting situations to monitor in free agency.