BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY- The Deckers certainly know how to keep fans entertained. For days they have been, in my opinion, dropping hints as to free-agent Eric Decker’s next NFL team.
THE BUILD UP
Thursday, March 15, 2018, Eric posted a story to his Instagram account featuring a spinning football on turf. The caption alluded to the fact that he is excited and looking forward to what is in store for the 2018 season.
Looks like Eric Decker may have found a team to play for next year. Let’s stay tuned.
— Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan) March 15, 2018
Then, late Thursday, he posted another video to his story. In that one, his wife, country singer Jessie James Decker, is shown driving an SUV, Eric recording her from the passenger’s seat. Jessie is singing this line from country singer Leon Everette’s “Hurricane”: “She’s the devil’s daughter. She’s hard and she’s cold and she’s mean. Nobody’s taught her. That it takes a lot of water to wash away New Orleans”. During the last phrase, Eric flipped the camera to show his nodding head, with a determined expression on his face. Does that mean he is affirming his allegiance to New Orleans, as in: the New Orleans Saints?
— Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan) March 16, 2018
Friday, Jessie further fueled rumors with an Instagram story post showing off an assortment of Tabasco Brand hot sauce. Tabasco Brand sauce is still manufactured solely in Louisiana; they also have a “flagship” store in the French Quarter. If you have been to New Orleans, chances are: you’ve been to that store.
Soon after that, Jessie asked, on Twitter, the most famous question in the National Football League:
Obviously, that question is a rally cry for millions of Saints fans.
THE STATE OF THE SAINTS
It is obvious that the Saints are in the market for a wide receiver. Almost immediately after being released by the Green Bay Packers, WR Jordy Nelson scheduled visits with a few teams, including the Saints. He signed with the Oakland Raiders ironically, on the same day the Deckers began posting about New Orleans.
Raiders are giving Jordy Nelson a two-year, $15 million deal, per source, including the $13 million guaranteed that @89JonesNTAF reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2018
Should Decker sign with the Saints, he will have the opportunity to work directly with Super Bowl winning quarterback Drew Brees (who recently re-signed with the team: a two-year, $50 million contract). Brees, an 11-time Pro Bowler, who has thrown for over 4,000 yards during every season that he has been in New Orleans, is arguably the best quarterback with whom Decker will have worked.
Decker will join a wide receivers room that contains: Tedd Ginn, Jr., Willie Snead IV, Michael Thomas, Brandon Thomas, Brandon Coleman, Austin Carr, Michael Hoomanawanui. After stints with the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and Tennessee Titans, Decker would bring eight years of experience with him to New Orleans. He would be second in experience only to Ginn, Jr.’s eleven years.
This is, obviously, speculation at this point. It is a developing situation and I will update this post accordingly.
Click the links below to see the work I have done with the Deckers during Eric’s time with the Jets, including, having him sing Jessie’s songs (top-most video, below).