Patriots wide receiver Eric Decker announces retirement

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Eric Decker's Patriots career has come to a close, as he has announced his retirement from the NFL after spending a couple weeks with New England in training camp.

Decker made the announcement on his Instagram page.

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A veteran of eight seasons, Decker made a name for himself with the Denver Broncos. He then found his way to New York to play for the Jets for a couple years and then played his final full season with the Titans before his short stint with the Pats this summer.

He finishes his career having caught 439 passes for 5,816 yards and 53 touchdowns.

Given that he was only guaranteed $75,000 when he signed with New England, he was clearly never a lock to make the team and was struggling with the playbook and dropped passes. He also never really got any meaningful preseason action with the first-team offense, which made it increasingly clear he wasn't going to get a roster spot.

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