Patriots Release WR Eric Decker & S Eddie Pleasant


The New England Patriots announced Monday that they’ve officially released Eric Decker and S Eddie Pleasant.

Decker was facing long odds of making the Patriots’ 53-man roster after finding limited interest as a free agent during the offseason and announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday.

Decker, 30, is a former third-round pick of the Broncos back in 2010. He spent four years in Denver before signing a five-year, $36.25 million contract that included $15 million guaranteed with the Jets as a free agent back in 2014.

Decker was set to make base salaries of $7.25 million and $7.5 million over the remaining two years of the agreement when the Jets cut him loose last year. After one year with the Titans, Decker signed a one-year deal with the Patriots a few months ago.

For his career, Decker caught 439 passes for 5,816 yards receiving and 53 touchdowns over the course of eight seasons and 111 games.

Pleasant, 29, wound up signing on with the Texans as an undrafted free agent out of back in 2012. The Texans cut Pleasant coming out of the preseason before adding him to their practice squad.

Houston elected to re-sign Pleasant to a two-year, $2.15 million contract back in 2016 and he wound up finishing out the deal. New England signed him to a contract back in July.

In 2017, Pleasant appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and recorded 32 tackles, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and three pass defenses.


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