NFL Rumors: Where Will Eric Decker Play in 2017?

Wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets runs for a third quarter touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Eric Decker will have a new team in 2017. | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Eric Decker is the latest established veteran to feel the wrath of the New York Jets’ offseason roster purge. The 30-year-old wide receiver is still technically on the Jets’ roster, but the team informed him that he will be released if they cannot find a trade partner.

In his seven NFL seasons, Decker has hauled in 385 passes for 5,253 yards and 52 touchdowns. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher is coming off hip and shoulder injuries that limited him to three games in 2016. But he has every intention of continuing his career in 2017. While he may no longer be a high-impact player, Decker still has enough gas left in his tank to put up solid numbers in the right situation.

Now that Decker is officially available, here is a look at 10 potential landing spots for the 6-foot-3, 214-pounder.

1. Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco looks on during a game in 2015.

The Baltimore Ravens still have a hole at wide receiver. | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

As of today, the Baltimore Ravens appear to be the frontrunners to land Decker. They are one of the only known teams who have engaged in active trade talks with the Jets. And they’re still looking to fill the hole created by the retirement of Steve Smith Sr. When it comes down to it, Decker’s contract could ultimately keep any potential trade from coming to fruition. If Decker ends up hitting the open market, though, expect Baltimore to be one of the first teams he visits.

2. Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota looks on during a game in 2016.

The Titans could use another weapon for Marcus Mariota. | Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

This scenario makes sense on several levels. Not only do the Tennessee Titans need a productive veteran presence at wide receiver, but relocating to Nashville is something that would undoubtedly be enticing to Decker’s wife, Jessie James Decker, who is a country music singer and songwriter, as well as a reality TV star. That said, the Titans wouldn’t allow Decker to compete for a Super Bowl title any time in the immediate future.

3. Kansas City Chiefs

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the field before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on November 15, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Chiefs could use a veteran presence at the wide receiver position. | Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs were forced to release Jeremy Maclin for salary cap purposes, which left them lacking an established veteran in their wide receiver room. Kansas City has said that they are comfortable with their up-and-coming group of wideouts. However, for the right price, Decker would make a lot of sense.

4. Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Head coach John Fox of the Chicago Bears watches as his team takes on the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 2, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

John Fox is familiar with Eric Decker. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Despite their recent addition of Victor Cruz, the Bears still have a pressing need at wide receiver. This may not be the ideal situation for Decker at this point in his career (Chicago is facing a rebuilding project and possible quarterback controversy). However, it’s possible that he could go in and immediately become Chicago’s No. 1 option in the passing game. On top of that, he is familiar with head coach John Fox from their time together with the Denver Broncos.

5. Detroit Lions

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the sidelines in the second half while playing the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on October 18, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Lions won 37-34 in overtime to beat the Chicago Bears. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Eric Decker would fit in nicely with the Lions. | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

This potential scenario is all about schematic fit. Lions’ offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter was on the Denver Broncos’ offensive staff during Decker’s two most productive NFL seasons (2012 and 2013). Cooter’s scheme in Detroit is similar to what the Broncos ran during Decker’s time in the Mile High City, and the Lions still need to find a big red-zone target for Matthew Stafford. Signing with the Detroit Lions would allow Decker to join a competitive team and still put up solid numbers.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Eric Decker would take some of the pressure off Antonio Brown. | Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Steelers should be very attractive to Decker. They are legitimate Super Bowl contenders and have arguably the most explosive offense in the league with a future Hall of Fame quarterback (Ben Roethlisberger). They don’t exactly have a pressing need at wide receiver. However, if Decker is willing to take pay cut for the opportunity to win a lot of games and contribute in a high-octane offense, then the Steelers would be a great fit.

7. Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 14: at FedExField on September 14, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 41-10. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Kirk Cousins needs playmakers in his supporting cast. | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins were hit hard at the wide receiver position, losing both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson to free agency this offseason. They did add Terrelle Pryor — who we believe is a rising star — as a free agent. And the team’s first-round pick in 2016, Josh Doctson, is set to return from injury. For as talented as Pryor and Doctson may be, the Skins could still use a proven veteran, such as Decker, to lead their inexperienced group of wideouts.

8. Los Angeles Rams

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys at the Los Angeles Coliseum during preseason on August 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Rams still have a glaring hole at wide receiver. | Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The Rams have been trying to address their needs at wide receiver for most of the last decade. Their desperation at the position led to them overpaying Robert Woods during free agency this offseason. Making a move to acquire Decker should be a no-brainer for Los Angeles. The 30-year-old would instantly become the best pure wide receiver on their roster, and could serve as a mentor to second-year quarterback Jared Goff. Additionally, relocating to LA would likely benefit the career of Decker’s wife, Jessie.

9. Seattle Seahawks

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks to Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Eric Decker would be a great fit in Seattle. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks are another potential landing spot that should be very attractive to Decker. They are among the top Super Bowl contenders in the league, and at 6-foot-3, 214-pounds, Decker could fill the role of possession wide receiver in Seattle’s offense. Expect the Seahawks to be a top contender for Decker’s services if he truly wants to win a Super Bowl title before he retires.

10. Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after his team scores a touchdown in the second quarter of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Cam Newton needs a stronger supporting cast. | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Simply put: The Panthers haven’t done a good job of surrounding Cam Newton with game-changing wide receivers. Kelvin Benjamin shows promise, and tight end Greg Olsen is a perennial All-Pro candidate. But beyond that, few current Panthers strike fear into opposing secondaries. Adding Decker wouldn’t solve all of their issues, but he would give Newton another proven target in 2017.

Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.