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Eric Decker: Browns have “done some work” on free agent WR

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The Browns have been doing preliminary work on what would amount to their biggest offseason signing. Eric Decker, released by the New York Jets, is their latest alleged target to upgrade their receivers group.

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The Cleveland Browns have “done some work” on recently released wide receiver Eric Decker, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.

Free-agent receiver Eric Decker visited Nashville on Wednesday and would be a good fit there. Another team to keep an eye on here is the Browns, who have done some work on the ex-Jet.

Decker was shopped by the New York Jets but ultimately released this week after they were unable to find a suitable trading partner. It’s apparent the Browns, who were also in the mix on some level on also released receiver Jeremy Maclin, have on some level investigated making a run at Decker .

Decker was at the top of his game in 2015 before missing much of 2016 after hip and shoulder injuries landed him on season-ending injured reserve.

In 2015, his sixth NFL season, the receiver ranked third among his peers in quarterback passer rating when targeted, per Pro Football Focus:

Decker, 30, has already visited with the Tennessee Titans and could quickly be off the market if the two are able to come to an agreement.

It’s uncertain how committed the Browns are to adding a veteran receiver to their young receivers group, but they have at least done basic work on acquiring both Decker and Maclin this offseason. Decker is a proven commodity and, assuming his health, would help increase the team’s chances of scoring in the red-zone.

Whatever the Browns do, they shouldn’t invest too much for too long in a 30-year-old player coming off of two major injuries. But if they do sign him, he’d be more than a quality stop-gap for at least a couple seasons.