Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker jokingly reach out to Ryan Fitzpatrick
While reports suggest that Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets are nowhere close to ending a protracted stalemate regarding the quarterback’s future with the organization, two of the team’s wide receivers decided to reach out to him courtesy of a purportedly whimsical video on Monday, the first day of the team’s offseason program.
The prevailing message conveyed by Erick Decker and Brandon Marshall in the video evidently involved pleading with the free agent Fitzpatrick to return to the team.
“We were watching tape of last year and self-scouting ourselves … and just talking about what we can do better, what we need to correct,” Decker said, via NJ.com. “Brandon and I were just kind of messing with him. Sent him some video, [that said], ‘We need to work on these things,’ intriguing him to come back so we can again work together in the same building.”
Decker, much like Marshall has done on several occasions this offseason, professed his affinity for the quarterback, with whom both receivers enjoyed extremely productive seasons in 2015.
“I love Fitzpatrick,” Decker said of the video, via The Wall Street Journal. “Would love to get to work with him if he is going to be the quarterback of this team.
The duo combined for 189 catches, 2,529 receiving yards, and 26 touchdowns with Fitzpatrick under center, so it’s not surprising they want the quarterback to return. But Decker, who joined the Jets after leaving the Broncos for a five-year $36.25 million contract in 2014, understands the situation Fitzpatrick faces.
“That’s the business side, where it’s not in out hands,” he said. “I think [general manager] Mike [Maccagnan] and the front office will do the best thing for our organization. But I love Fitz. I had a good, fun year with him last year, and would love to get to work with him if he’s going to be the quarterback of this team.”
Recent reports indicate Fitzpatrick and the Jets won’t be able to work out a deal before the 2016 NFL Draft. But if Decker and Marshall had their way, the bearded quarterback would be back in the fold well before that day.
Given that the Fitzpatrick apparently wants to be paid on-par with top-tier quarterbacks in the league and the Jets are unwilling to accommodate that demand — the team reportedly has offered him between $7 and $8 million — Decker and Marshall will have to wait it out for a bit longer, despite their video shenanigans.