Eric Decker announces retirement from NFL after short stint with Patriots

Eric Decker announces retirement from NFL after short stint with Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 9 : Eric Decker #81 of the New England Patriots looks on during the preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium on August 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Patriots wide receiver Eric Decker announced his retirement from the NFL, after spending three weeks with the team in the preseason.

Decker announced the move on his Instagram page, saying "it is time to hang my helmet up and start a new chapter in my life."

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The eight-year NFL veteran had signed with the team at the beginning of August, inking a one-year deal to join the fourth team in the span of his career.

Decker was drafted in the third round in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, and turned 31 in March. He spent four years with the Broncos, before three seasons with the New York Jets and one year with the Tennessee Titans.

Decker recorded 53 touchdowns over the course of his career, amassing 5,816 receiving yards.