Eric Decker reveals Instagram post on National Football League retirement

Who Should the Patriots Target at Wide Receiver

Who Should the Patriots Target at Wide Receiver

On Sunday, the Patriots receiver and former Jet announced his retirement from the National Football League after eight seasons.

The announcement came just before the start of his ninth season in the NFL.

In the retirement post, Decker praised the game of football calling it his 'childhood dream.

"I look forward to the future and have many chapters ahead!" he wrote on Instagram. "It will continue to be part of my life", Decker penned.

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On Saturday, head coach Bill Belichick had been asked about Decker's acclimation to the Patriots' system and said, "I think Eric's learned everything well". The 31-year-old wideout played 111 career games, totaling 439 receptions for 5,816 yards and 53 touchdowns.

As of 2017's National Football League off-season, Decker held at least two Broncos franchise records, including the record for most receiving touchdowns in a single game (4 touchdowns in December 2013 at Kansas City) and most kick return yards in a single game (211 yards in December 2010 at Arizona). Decker is also tied with Thomas for the second-most receiving touchdowns in a two-year stretch (24), behind only Demaryius Thomas (25 in 2013-14).

Decker signed a one-year deal with the Patriots earlier this month, but struggled in training camp and in exhibition games.

Decker signed with the New York Jets after starting his career in Denver, and then played one season with the Tennessee Titans prior to signing with the Patriots this offseason.

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