Eric Decker already has chemistry with one Manning—could he make it two in 2014?
Decker, who’s surpassed the 1,000 yards receiving mark in each of the last two seasons, hit the free agent market this winter after his Denver Broncos were demolished by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos are prepared to let Decker and and 15 other free agents test the open market this winter, leaving an open opportunity for the New York Giants.
While Decker has publicly stated that he hopes to return to Denver, we know how much a player can be swayed when money enters the equation.
That brings us to another subject.
Do the G-Men have the cash to bring on a receiver like Decker?
Not yet, but they could.
For one, the Giants would gain roughly an extra $7 million by moving on from right guard Chris Snee, whether it be by him retiring or being released from the team. New York could also save itself around $3 million by letting go of underperforming tight end Brandon Myers, who turned out to be a free agent disappointment for Big Blue in 2013.
It may seem like a longshot–as the Giants don’t usually go after the big fish in free agency—but you can definitely make a case for New York needing a receiver like Decker.
The Giants will need a replacement for the under-performing Hakeem Nicks, who’s likely to bounce out of town this winter. Decker would not only serve as a security blanket for Eli Manning, but also poses a deep threat and would be a perfect complement to Victor Cruz in the passing game.
Decker’s 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons would bring an instant threat to the Giants’ offense, one that ranked 28th in the NFL last season in points per game.
Keep your fingers crossed, Giants fans, because Cruz and Rueben Randle aren’t going to cut it in 2014.