FLORHAM PARK, N.J.—New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick remains a contract holdout, and there’s rampant speculation that the team’s starting receivers, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, boycotted workouts last week to support their triggerman.
The receivers were back at practice this week, and Decker shot down the rumors his absence was related to Fitzpatrick’s nasty contract imbroglio.
“That’s not the reason I wasn’t here,” Decker said Wednesday. “I told coach where I was and what I was doing. I was with my family.”
As for Marshall, he was a bit more circumspect.
“I supported Ryan all off-season and haven’t changed,’’ Marshall said. “Like I said, it’s a thin line between supporting your teammate and being detrimental to the team.”
The bottom line is Decker and Marshall want Fitzpatrick as their quarterback, and would love for Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to get a deal done.
What will that take?
The Jets currently offer Fitzpatrick a three-year deal for $24 million, so it averages $8 million per season. Fitzpatrick reportedly wants $15 million per season.
If the Jets offered $11 million a year, they could probably get a deal done.