Broncos fear losing Eric Decker to free agency, per report


The Broncos want to keep Eric Decker, but is he willing to take their offer? Reports suggest that he's ready to test free agency.

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The Denver Broncos are hoping to keep wide receiver Eric Decker, but they may be gearing up to move on without him. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Broncos will let Decker test the free agent market, and they fear they may lose him.

The big stumbling block appears to be Decker's role in the offense. He wants to be paid like a top-tier receiver, but Rapoport says the Broncos see him as a No. 2 guy. Denver will reportedly let Decker take his best offer on the open market and talk with them again. They are also looking to free up money for Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas, who are coming up on contract years in 2014. Decker may end up lost in the shuffle with so many big contracts coming up.

Decker enjoyed a breakout year with Peyton Manning helming the offense, recording 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's one of the top free agents on the market this year and looks to be cashing in. By all accounts, Sunday's Super Bowl could be Decker's last game in a Broncos uniform.

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