While the Colts have a few intriguing young players on their current wide receiver depth chart, they are lacking some valuable veteran leadership in the receiving corps.
Outside of T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis doesn’t have a single wide receiver who’s gained 1,000 career receiving yards on their roster.
General manager Chris Ballard could change that by signing free agent Eric Decker.
Decker has had three seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards in his career, and he had similar production to new Colts receiver Ryan Grant in 2017, who is the favorite to win the number two spot on the depth chart this season.
Decker suffered a season-ending injury with the Jets in 2016, but he bounced back to have a decent year with the Titans hauling in 54 receptions for 563 yards last season. The 31-year-old receiver has gone unsigned thus far this offseason making him one of the top players remaining on the free agent market.
Decker will probably never be the same player he was during his days with the Broncos and the Jets, but he would immediately become the second-most reliable receiver on a Colts roster that doesn’t have more than one established veteran on the depth chart.
As it stands, Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers are slotted to be the number two and three receivers with rookies Daurice Fountain and Deon Cain right behind them.
This move would all depend on Chris Ballard’s vision for the team.
If he sees the Colts as a playoff team this year, signing Eric Decker to a one-year contract could help them accomplish that goal. If Ballard thinks Indianapolis is still in the early stages of a rebuild, he shouldn’t bother bringing in a veteran like Decker this year.