Reports: Patriots to sign WR Decker

Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) celebrates after a first downPhoto: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots will sign free-agent wide receiver Eric Decker to a one-year deal

The New England Patriots will sign free-agent wide receiver Eric Decker to a one-year deal, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.

Decker worked out for the Patriots earlier this week and is expected to be signed on Thursday, per reports.

The expected move comes one day after the Patriots released wide receiver Jordan Matthews with an injury settlement. Matthews sustained a hamstring injury during Sunday's practice, according to the Boston Globe.

Fellow wideouts Kenny Britt (hamstring) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) are both on the physically unable to perform list while Julian Edelman is expected to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing sustances.

Decker will rejoin current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after the latter served as his coach with the Denver Broncos. The 31-year-old was selected by the Broncos with a third-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

"At this point in my career, I want to go somewhere where I can compete for a Super Bowl and be in a good system and be with a quarterback that my skill set would be an addition to the team," Decker said in June on SiriusXM Radio.

Decker recorded 54 receptions for 563 yards and one touchdown in 16 games last season with the Tennessee Titans. It was his lowest touchdown total since his rookie season in 2010.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Decker has eclipsed 1,000 yards and scored at least 11 touchdowns three times in his career. He had 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 scores in 2015 with the New York Jets.

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