March 13, 2014
Eric Decker is no longer a free agent.
The former Minnesota Gopher, who had back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons with the Denver Broncos, signed a five-year contract with the New York Jets.
Decker, who is the Gophers' all-time leading wide receiver in receptions (227) and yards (3,119), played in the Super Bowl with the Broncos last year. Decker is third in Minnesota history in receiving touchdowns with 24. In four seasons and 62 games in Denver, Decker caught 222 passes for 3,070 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Last week, Decker's former Minnesota teammate Marcus Sherels signed a new contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Sherels, who plays cornerback, is one of the top punt returners in the NFL. He has returned 87 punts for 899 yards and two touchdowns in 48 games since 2011. He averaged 15.2 yards per punt return last season, which ranked second in the NFL.
Decker and Sherels will meet one another on the field when the Jets face the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium this year. The NFL has not announced the date of the game yet.
Three Gophers To Play In January Showcase Games
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Carpenter, Richardson Recognized by AP
The Associated Press named its All-Big Ten on Monday with Emmit Carpenter earning first team honors and Steven Richardson being named second team.
Gophers Headed To Holiday Bowl
Minnesota will play Washington State in the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27, in San Diego, Calif. The 6 p.m. CT game will be played at Qualcomm Stadium and broadcast on ESPN.