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Patriots’ Eric Decker announces retirement from the NFL

Vincent Frank

Just a short while after signing with the New England Patriots, veteran pass catcher and former 1,000-yard receiver Eric Decker has announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 31.

The announcement came Sunday afternoon via Decker’s official instagram account.

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Without mentioning the four teams he suited up throughout a stellar eight-year career, Decker points to wanting to spend more time with his family as a primary reason for hanging up his cleats.

A third-round pick of the Denver Broncos back in 2010, Decker finishes up his career having recorded 439 receptions for 5,816 yards and 53 touchdowns. His career-best performance came with Peyton Manning and Broncos back in 2013. That season saw Decker record 87 receptions for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns.

From a Patriots perspective, this creates even more holes at wide receiver. Remember, New England released both Malcolm Mitchell and Kenny Britt earlier this summer and traded Brandin Cooks back in March.