Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a pass against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Free Agent Watch 2014: Eric Decker Could Be the Missing Piece


With the franchise tag deadline done and over, it appears that Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker will hit the free agent market a week from today when the floodgates open on March 11.

Decker is one of those players that are tough to judge how well he’ll do outside of his current system. While he caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns last year as part of the “Four Horsemen of Denver” he had Peyton Manning throwing him the ball in the best season of his career. He was part of the best offense ever to hit the field in the history of the NFL. How do you follow that up?

The fact is, you can’t.

Some say that Decker isn’t actually an elite receiver. In fact, ESPN did a whole piece on it.

 

While that may be true, Chiefs fans can’t help but think what he could do for this offense in its second year under head coach Andy Reid. Elite or not, what the team needs is a sure-handed #2 wide receiver who will catch the ball when he’s targeted and take some of the heat off of incumbent #1 wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe.

And look at this way, if he’s on the Chiefs he can’t burn cornerback Marcus Cooper again…except in practice. The biggest question with Decker is, can the Chiefs afford him? He’s going to want a pay day, and the Chiefs might not have the cash to land him.

What do you think, Addicts? Should the Chiefs try to steal one from Denver? Sound off below.

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  • RepOurChiefs

    Personally im biased to any possible #2 with height and good hands. Call me ol skool but Avery and Jenkins just dont have the size to match the physicality of todays DBs. I dont know if Decker is the answer but I’d be willing to have a look if the price tag is right. Js

    • micah stephenson

      Avery is 5’11 and Jenkins 6’0. They tall enough

      • RepOurChiefs

        Im meaning 6′plus type guys on the outside with sure hands. Not a bowe type but a randy moss type is where my mind is.

        • micah stephenson

          You know where there is a randy moss?

          • RepOurChiefs

            Touche lol

          • berttheclock

            I know where there is some moss, but, it isn’t very randy.

  • berttheclock

    Whew, at last, Jason. I was afraid of some Alert holding you up.

    I still maintain the Chiefs have three major points to address this off season. Find a fast sure handed wide out to pair with Bowe, find a hard hitting and fast closing safety to pair with Berry and find a pass rusher for Sutton’s 3-4 system. Since, that system relies on pass rushing LBs more than DEs, I really don’t think the Chiefs should take a DE in the draft, unless, they can find a clone of J J Watt. So, back to LB where the Chiefs, actually, need two new players, one an ILB who can rush and someone to be able to step into the great shoes worn by Hali as he is aging.

    The Chiefs will not be able to address all of these with their first round pick, where ever that may be, at 23 or a trade down into the 2nd round. So, one or more of these is going to have to come from free agency, unless, the Chiefs find a gem in the lower rounds. Decker, if the Chiefs can find the money, would be an excellent pickup should Dorsey decide to use his top pick for, either, a safety or LB. However, should the Pats up their ante for him, then, he might price himself out of the market for the Chiefs.

    • Josh Landers

      I read an article recently saying that catapano is putting on weight and plans to play at around 290 next season. I think he played well for a rookie with limited playing time. We also have bailey who has played well with limited playing time. Personally, I don’t think de is as big of a need as it may seem. Depth is an issue though.

      With the depth at wr in the draft, I think we can fill that/those needs there. We don’t need to spend as much money as decker will want.

      Also, if we can resign Abdullah, I believe he can be a good starter until commings is ready to take over.

      For me, the o-line is our biggest concern. If we don’t sign Schwartz or Asamoah or both we’re in big trouble. Jeff Allen is horrible. He would be good depth, though.

      • Josh Landers

        And btw, I’m totally on the cooks bandwagon with you. I think we’d be crazy to pass up that kind of playmaker. If he’s gone, however, Matthews or Robinson would be a good consolation prize. GO CHIEFS!!!

      • Brian Dempsey

        I’m with you 100% Josh regarding the O-Line, but the good news is the Chiefs have a GM and HC who understand the value of these guys and they will not let the Chiefs O-line fall into a state of mediocrity like the previous regimes did.

        And Allen must step his game up, or he’ll get replaced in very much the same manner that Schwartz replaced Asamoah.

        • Josh Landers

          I think you’re right or at least I believe the same thing about Reid and Dorsey. And Allen should be a backup. He’s made little progress from what I can see. Idk why Asamoah was benched for Schwartz with Allen still starting instead of sliding one into lg and starting Asamoah and Schwartz. I hope we can sign both but I really doubt that will happen unless we get extensions done and maybe a little restructuring on bigger contracts like berry, Hali, flowers, and bowe. I think it’s gonna be a good year for kc football though. GO CHIEFS!!!

    • Brian Dempsey

      Make that TWO pass-rushers for the Defense, Bert. Can’t have too many of those, as we saw when Houston and Hali went down.

  • berttheclock

    Allen of California proved that old theory of “it takes time for a wide out to develop in the NFL” to be false. jimfromkcj keeps saying, correctly, that the Chiefs need to get younger. With the new CBA, younger players are, also, cheaper. I have touted Cooks for some time. Yes, he is only five ten, but, he has outstanding juke moves which will free him from most of those bigger tougher DBs in the league. I want the receiver who knows where he is going and how to get there, whether it be a stutter step and double moves or just a quick juke. No more tall receiving “Divas” who only want that Primrose path down the sideline.

    However, what I do like about Decker is he worked his way up with the Broncos after they took him out of Minnesota. He has shown himself to be a real working student in improving his game.

  • sidibeke

    I think he’s going to be able to command more than he’s worth. Whoever signs him will overpay. We don’t have enough cap space to do that. I’m leaning toward signing Byrd as our only big FA move and going WR with the 1st pick. DE or BA 3rd.

  • micah stephenson

    I pass. If it wasn’t for P.Manning he wouldnt be that good. In our offense with our QB, he puts up numbers similar to what Avery did.

    • Michael Shaw

      And Micah gets his jab in at our QB………………again

      • micah stephenson

        I’m just keeping it real. I know yall tired of hearing it but im not giving up on wanting a QB that can run the offense Denver and NO run. I want to score on dam near every drive. I want my punter to never have to see the field. I like drives that are 5 plays 80 yrds and only 2 mins used. Of corse I like the no huddle. Decker has way lower yards with our qb and DBowe would have a lot more yards with Manning. I like super fast wrs. Idk if decker is that.

        • Tristian

          Hey Micah Peyton Manning had plenty of those drives this year. Howd he finish the super bowl I forgot?

          • micah stephenson

            At least he made it there.

          • Tristian

            At the end of the day getting there or coming close dosent mean a thing. I would know as a 49er fan. Last 3 seasons means squat. The goal is winning a championship not almost making it there. Whether you make the super bowl or miss the playoffs entirely the 31 teams in the league are all the same. Alex wasn’t the reason we didnt get there. At least unlike manning he put up points

          • micah stephenson

            At least the 49s keep get n close. Eventually they will win it.

          • berttheclock

            I was reading comments from sfgate, this AM, concerning Harbaugh. It amazes me to keep reading posts from fans who really believe it is all about the HC. Several made comments regarding Baalke, such as “you could get any suit for his job” or, even, “what’s he done?” or they knock his picks of the small RB from Nike or Hunter and say, he hadn’t helped Harbaugh with those. If it had not been for Baalke, Harbaugh would never have had the talent on that team. You know trying to capture lightning in a bottle in the NFL is one of the most difficult tasks for any GM and HC. The Niners have come so very close, especially, considering what they were in 2005 and 2006. The latest article concerns whether or not the players like Harbaugh. But, the article is very good mentioning Walsh and Seifert and what players thought of them at the time.

          • sidibeke

            At this point, I’d take a playoff win.

  • gonzangkc1

    DON’T SIGN THIS FOOL! I’m a hard core Chiefs fan that lives in Denver and has season tickets to the Broncos. Decker is a Front Runner…..yeah yeah he burned our beloved Chiefs. Just look at the SuperBowl tape and other BIG Games — he doesn’t show up in big games. Decker belongs in New York, the word from Decker teammates this year – he’s more concerned with his reality show. p.s. Also, don’t sign Jason Avant either (aka: Donnie Avery PART II)