Eric Decker should be a hot free agent name coming off an 87-catch, 1288-yard, 11-TD season in Denver. Viking fans certainly have been zeroing in on Decker as a target, partly thanks to his production, and partly thanks to his Minnesota connections.
Well, mostly thanks to his Minnesota connections, one suspects.
Ex-Gopher Decker says he would like to return to Denver for another go-around as Peyton Manning’s target, but right now he doesn’t know if that’s in the cards.
“I would love to come back. I don’t know my future either,” Decker told KUSA in Denver.
The Broncos and Manning probably would prefer to keep Decker, but with a lot of key players entering free agency, the Broncos may not be able to afford him.
The Vikings would seem fairly well set at wide receiver with Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jarius Wright and likely Jerome Simpson in the fold, but the chance to add Decker’s talents might appeal to them nonetheless.
The question mark on Decker is obvious. How much of his recent production has been due to his ability and how much has been a function of the man running the offense in Denver?
Take Decker away from Manning and do you still have a top-of-the-line receiver, or just a guy?
Some team out there will likely take a high-priced shot with Decker, and that team might well wind up regretting the decision. Are the Vikings the team to roll those dice or do they look at what they already have and decide to go with a safer, cheaper option for filling out their receiver corps?
The Minnesota connection is cute but it doesn’t really mean anything when it comes to evaluation. With Decker, there are big question marks.