Eric Decker and the Denver Broncos could reunite

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Demaryius Thomas
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Demaryius Thomas /

The Denver Broncos are in the market for a reliable third receiver. Eric Decker is available and a reunion is not out of the question…

The Denver Broncos are going to be in the market for a reliable number three receiver.

It just so happens, we know a guy…

According to Mike Klis of 9News, the Broncos are in the market for another receiver with the likelihood that they will let restricted free agent Bennie Fowler walk with no tender offer, as well as Cody Latimer testing the free agent waters.

Perhaps it’s time to bring the band back together, and by band, I mean the duo of Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas.

The last time Decker was wearing orange was one of the most heart-breaking games of my adult life, a game that shall be mentioned no further.

Decker signed a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans last year after a stint with the New York Jets, who paid him his big money contract when he left the Broncos with no offer on the table.

Does time heal all wounds?

Was there even a wound?

Decker has enjoyed success since leaving Denver, including last year when his Titans made the playoffs, and the Broncos were fighting for a top five draft pick.

As a matter of fact, Decker’s Titans went into Arrowhead Stadium and won a playoff game before losing to the New England Patriots in the Divisional round.

Despite making the playoffs all but one year with the Broncos, the first touchdown catch Decker had in a playoff game this past year.

He and his wife Jessie James Decker have a home in Tennessee, which is why that was such a sensible free agent destination for him last offseason coming off of an injury-shortened year with the Jets.

He signed a one-year contract with the Titans for under $5 million, making him a bargain player at the age of 30.

Now close to his 31st birthday, it seems fitting that Decker would make his way back to the Mile High City to play some football for another couple of seasons. This is a guy who is always in great shape, and who has a great friendship with fellow 2010 draftee Demaryius Thomas.

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Decker and Thomas can split slot duties while the Broncos bring along Carlos Henderson as their number four, and Emmanuel Sanders manning the outside.

Decker ran nearly 47 percent of his routes with the Titans last year out of the slot, and the Broncos could utilize him similarly in Denver, as well as in the red zone, where he has always been an excellent weapon.

Decker has 53 career touchdown catches, 33 of which came in Denver.

When the Broncos lost him to free agency, they signed Emmanuel Sanders at nearly half the price. Now, they have a chance to have all of Thomas, Sanders, and Decker on the same roster.

If the team is looking to add a third receiver via free agency, I can think of no better veteran player for them to go after than Decker, who can play inside and outside, who has many friends still on the team, and who is beloved by the Broncos fan base.