Market For Eric Decker
"It's not all about the money for me. It's about going to work every day and having fun and enjoying my job," the veteran receiver said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
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Expected to be one of the top unrestricted free agents available when the market opens March 11, Decker thrived in the Broncos' record-setting offense led by Peyton Manning last season, catching 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. He hauled in 85 passes for 1,064 yards and 13 scores in his first season with Manning in Denver.
Decker, 26, said in the interview that he enjoys the culture around the Broncos and has not closed the door on remaining with the team.
"If we can get on the same page, I will welcome a call from the Broncos, but I need to do what is best for my family," he said.
Decker offered similar thoughts at the end of the season when he cleaned out his locker.
"There is a side of playing football and there is the business side," Decker said. "That's something that obviously I'll have to have conversations with my representation. I want to do the best thing for my family and myself. This is an organization that any player wants to come to. I mean, they treat you first-class. It's a winning organization. They've built a culture here that is phenomenal. I would love to play here. Unfortunately, that's something that isn't always in my control. You've just got to take it in stride and again, have those conversations, see what the next couple of months will bring."
This is the first foray into free agency for Decker, who could have the franchise tag used on him. But that may be unlikely because Demaryius Thomas, widely considered to be the club's No. 1 receiver, and tight end Julius Thomas are entering contract years in 2014, which means the team will have to set aside money to ensure neither reaches free agency.
Information from ESPN.com Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold was used in this report.