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Brandon Marshall: Jets will be ‘okay’ without Ryan Fitzpatrick


Brandon Marshall may be one of the more vocal proponents of the New York Jets bringing back Ryan Fitzpatrick, but even he is beginning to realize that the protracted contract stalemate between the quarterback and the team is making his return less likely.

So much so, in fact, Marshall has started coming to terms with the possibility that the Jets will roll with Geno Smith or Bryce Petty at quarterback, with second-round pick Christian Hackenberg being slowly brought along.

“Just seeing Bryce and Geno grow so much the last year is really encouraging, and I’m just proud of those guys,” Marshall said at a recent charity event, via the New York Post . “We’ll be okay.”

Fitzpatrick led the Jets to a 10-6 record last season and reportedly is seeking a contract in excess of $10 million per season. The Jets, meanwhile, reportedly are standing pat on an offer in the $8 million range.

Both Marshall and fellow wide receiver Eric Decker have expressed hope that the Jets and Fitzpatrick can work out a deal, hardly surprising considering the duo combined for 189 catches, 2,529 receiving yards, and 26 touchdowns with Fitzpatrick running the offense.

But Marshall nevertheless understands the stalemate stems from the NFL simply being the NFL.

“It’s just business, and every deal is different,” he said. “Some deals get done in three minutes or five minutes, while some take longer. And this is one of them. So I’m confident they’ll get it done. Ryan is a great teammate and a great leader.”

Marshall echoed Jets owner Woody Johnson’s contention that a deal can still get done.

“We still have some time, and I know we’ll get the best thing done for both parties,” he said. “It’ll all work itself out, brother.”