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Broncos Hoping Another Team Makes WR Eric Decker A Large Offer?

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that “some in league circles” believe the Denver Broncos are hoping for another team offer free agent WR Eric Decker a large contact and he accepts it.

According to Florio, the Broncos wouldn’t be faced with the dilemma of making Decker an offer close to $5 million annually or not making him an offer at all.

Meanwhile, Mike Klis of the Denver Post expects Decker to command as much as $8 million to $9 million per year as a “No. 2” receiver on the open market.

Klis adds that the Broncos and Decker’s agent, Todd France, had “preliminary discussions” regarding an extension at this year’s scouting combine, but indications are that Denver would like him to lower his asking price.

Decker mentioned that Demaryius Thomas is on a “complete different level” as a receiver than he his.

“I think Demaryius Thomas is on a complete different level with his talent,” Decker said. “I think he’s a top five-caliber receiver in this league. How it falls off from there, where you look at a receiver, I just try to be versatile and play all the positions. People might want to label me, but I don’t want to put a label on myself.

Even so, Decker is in a great position to cash in during the next few weeks, and some believe he could be the best receiver available in this year’s free agent market.

Decker, 26, could end up being the most sought after receiver on the open market. He has put together back-to-back solid seasons since Peyton Manning signed with the Broncos. Last year, he totaled 87 receptions for 1,288 yard receiving and 11 touchdowns.

We have him listed as the No. 16 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.