The Buffalo Bills drafted Zay Jones in the second round in the 2017 NFL Draft, but still have severe depth issues at wide receiver. That is one reason they pursued free agent Jeremy Maclin, but now that he has signed with the Baltimore Ravens, should the team look next at Eric Decker?
"Well, until that comes through via the league, we can't really discuss that - we're always going to look," said Bills head coach Sean McDermott this week. "We're always going to look to add at every position - adding competition is healthy, and there's positions that perceptually some may say 'hey check the box, they're good' - well, we're always going to look to add, even at those positions. That's the pursuit of winning - that we have to stay hungry."
Decker, 30, hadn’t yet been released by the New York Jets when McDermott was asked the question. The veteran has three 1000-yard seasons and 0.55 touchdown catches per game over the course of his career. He could be the safety valve Tyrod Taylor needs. It would also give Buffalo insurance for a Sammy Watkins injury or a Zay Jones learning curve.
The Bills might have a hard time prying Decker away from the Tennessee Titans, though. In need of receiver help, the Titans were his first free agent visit and he and his wife, a country singer, live near Nashville.
For now, his only confirmed visit has been in Tennessee, where he left without a contract on Wednesday. The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens are also said to be interested and the Philadelphia Eagles pursued Maclin.