The Titans have made several moves this offseason to help Marcus Mariota and the passing attack
Brian Minges / USA Today Network – Tennessee

Eric Decker drove the short distance from his Nashville-area home to Titans headquarters last week, when the former Broncos and Jets wide receiver passed a physical and met the coach and general manager.

After the veteran signed a one-year contract with the Titans on Monday, the conversation turned toward another player with Tennessee ties.

“Playing with one of the best in the game, Peyton Manning, I’ve learned so much about the game – not only the receiver position, but how to read defenses, how to do things the right way on and off the field,” Decker said in a video interview with director of broadcasting Mike Keith posted on the team’s website. “So hopefully I can bring that to the table.”

Decker, 30, brings far more than experience. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound receiver provides quarterback Marcus Mariota with a big target and major threat in the red zone, where his 33 receiving touchdowns since 2012 rank second-most in the NFL. He has 385 career catches for 5,253 yards and 52 touchdowns in seven seasons. He has surpassed 1,000 yards three times, most recently in 2015.

But the statistics are only part of why the Titans showed interest.


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Decker is the fourth player with Super Bowl experience to sign with the Titans this offseason, joining cornerback Logan Ryan, nose tackle Sylvester Williams and wide receiver Eric Weems.

And his background mirrors a number of the Titans’ acquisitions – he had just one college scholarship offer, from Minnesota, coming out of high school. But he turned himself into an all-conference player and third-round draft pick in…