Eric Decker decided to retire, and the retirement decision is now official. But, we all knew that the Patriots were already planning to cut ties with him.
The New England Patriots announced they released Eric Decker, and head coach Bill Belichick talked about the wide receiver during his afternoon news conference. Was this retirement a surprise?
“Yeah, we talked to Eric. Eric felt like — and I don’t want to speak for Eric — I think he certainly can handle that for himself. But he’s had a great career. I have a lot of respect for Eric going all the way back to when we talked to him coming out of Minnesota, and when Josh (McDaniels) drafted him, and to Tennessee, and the Jets and so forth. I enjoyed working with him. Again, I really have a lot of respect for him, what he did. I think he’s decided to retire from football, so we wish him well and appreciate what he did,” Belichick said.
Belichick’s prediction of Decker’s retirement is a clear indication that the team was about to release him.
Decker didn’t have the best of all times with the Patriots. Remember his first training camp practices? Decker was dropping footballs from quarterback Brady. The wide receiver managed to catch just two passes for 12 yards in three preseason games. That’s not the best scenario for a wide receiver.
The Denver Broncos drafted Decker in 2010. He played four seasons with the team, three more with the New York Jets and another one with the Tennessee Titans.
The Patriots will have to play without Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarelle Patterson, Matthew Slater, Riley McCarron, Braxton Berrios, Devin Lucin and Paul Turner. Is this their winning team? Will this be enough for New England to win the Super Bowl? Maybe Belichick will get a new wide receiver. Dez Bryant maybe?