Brandon Marshall also appears to be protesting Fitzpatrick situation

AP

Amid a report that Jets receiver Eric Decker is skipping Organized Team Activities to make a statement in support of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, it appears that Jets receiver Brandon Marshall is doing the same.

Although Marshall hasn’t said anything about the issue, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News connects the dots and concludes that both Decker and Marshall are skipping OTAs to show solidarity with Fitzpatrick, who remains an unsigned free agent.

It’s widely expected that Fitzpatrick will be the Jets’ starting quarterback this season, but the Jets aren’t offering Fitzpatrick the kind of money he wants, and so far it appears that neither side wants to budge on contract talks. The Jets are waiting until Fitzpatrick brings his price down, while Fitzpatrick is waiting for the Jets to increase their offer. Neither side has a lot of leverage: Fitzpatrick doesn’t have another team willing to make him its starting quarterback, while the Jets don’t want to be stuck with Geno Smith as their starter.

Marshall and Decker don’t want Smith, either. They’re making it clear that they want Fitzpatrick to be their guy, and they’re skipping voluntary workouts to make that point.

81 responses to “Brandon Marshall also appears to be protesting Fitzpatrick situation

  1. The bottom line is this: the Jets aren’t making the playoffs with that tough schedule. So why not save your money and give Smith one last shot to start to see if he has anything. The kid does have a strong arm and he did play well in a few games when he started two years ago. If he stinks out the joint play Petty or Hackenberg (because they didn’t trade for Glennon which is what they should have done).

  2. What a bunch of losers, two crappy receivers holding out for an even crappier quarterback. What a sad team

  3. After seeing the trainwreck in Chicago, (yes I am a Viking fan who lives in Chicago and see it up close and personal) it’s nice to see Brandon caring about his QB. Good for you, Brandon! Seems when a quality, nice guy’s job is on the line it’s worth the effort. Personally love Fitzpatrick by the way, so I support Brandon and Decker on this, just sayin’…… I have nothing against Geno, but, I think for right now, Fitz is the answer for the Jets.

  4. Name another organization that could manage to have a team mutiny in OTAs. Cause…the Jets…

  5. Not a good thing when the players think they can run the team. I agree that this Fitzpatrick situation has added a little too much drama but players have to know that the coach and manager make the decisions – not them. It’s not their money the GM is spending.

  6. Okay. Relax everyone. This is Mehta connecting the dots…
    He couldn’t connect the dots on a golf ball!

  7. The Jets two best receivers boycotting OTA’s should instill a lot of confidence in Gino Smith. What’s next? The offensive line.

  8. I think the problem is more so Geno Smith. He is the only quarterback in the league who can get punched in the jaw and the teammates say, meh, he deserved it.
    The guys won’t play or even practice for Geno. He is not a leader, therefor not a qb in this league.
    Just my thoughts.

  9. If the Jets are going to win anything, it’s because they’re putting together a great young defense. The only thing keeping the Jets from winning a super bowl is a quarterback. Fitzpatrick is not the answer. I’d like to see what Bryce Petty can do. Sometimes people wonder why veterans get cut and replaced by a younger player. Sometimes veteran leadership, like we’re seeing from these Jets, is detrimental to winning.

  10. And this is why the Pats win the division every year. Instead of getting to camp seeing what you have in the QB the team just drafted and helping him, develop. The two best WRs on the team are holding out because the team won’t overpay for a journeyman QB. Meanwhile 4 hours to the north the WRs for the Pats are spending all their time with the teams backup QB just in case the starting QB isn’t available. That is the difference between perennial winners and perennial losers. Once again the Jets are eliminated before the season even starts.

  11. Decker and Marshall don’t want Geno at QB, they want Fitzpatrick…Ok. Payton Manning made Eric Decker in Denver and then the Jets over paid to get Decker. Payton made him look great, but when he got to the Jets reality hit and we see him as he really is…just pretty good. Then you have Marshall who everybody knows his story because it seems that he is also pretty good, but he just can’t keep his mouth shut and just play team football. Every time you turn around out comes the poison. He just can’t keep his pie hole closed and not cause some kind of drama. Lastly, you have Fitzpatrick. I would like to know how anyone could say with a straight face that Ryan Fitzpatrick is worth 14 to 18 million dollars. He is the reason why the Jets didn’t get the wildcard spot last year. He has been a mediocre so-so good journeyman quaterback his whole career on six different NFL teams. They make this guy out to be the smartest QB in football, but it’s going to blow up in Fitzpatrick’s face. I got a feeling the Jet’s management are going to make the very smart QB look very dumb.
    They should just roll with what they got. Send the best QB of the 3 that the Jets have out there and if that means Geno then that’s it. If he fails he finally gets cut and the Jets draft a QB first round next year.

    Problem solved…no 8-8…heck, it worked for the Colts.

  12. If the Jets needed any other convincing having your skill players get behind the QB, shows a leadership that Geno has not yet exhibited, nor do I think he ever will. Fitz is only a good option for them for a year or 2 more until they think Hack is ready.

    They should get this done before they start to really have problems not just for this season but others when resigning old players and signing new ones get harder.

    If you want to offer him 8 – 10 and he wants 12 – 15, offer 11 and split the difference.

  13. Not sure if this is a bigger indictment on the abilities of Fitzpatrick or Geno.

  14. Dear Jets,

    Please sign Fitzy to a super high contract to mess up your cap situation and bring in a quarterback that is sure not to have a year within a sniff of what he had last year.

    Yours truly,
    The Patriots

  15. If Decker cared who his QB was he never would have left Denver.

    It’s May. Vets skip OTAs all the time. I wouldn’t read too much into it.

  16. The NFLPA should be disbanded and then the players should start with new leadership…..how can you agree with a voluntary practice but if you don’t show up you will be smeared as having a issue with team or worst, a bad teammate….next contract make sure those who volunteer to participate get paid for their time…..players live at the stadium from July-Jan, then they start the lifting program in April, OTA in May and June and start it all over in July….. and if you end the season with an injury you their yr round. When these guys don’t show up for mandatory workouts then speculate on why they’re missing..

  17. NY Organization- we’ll be fine we have plenty of other players that are capable of stepping in for Fitzpatrick we have a great wide receiving corps to help a young QB

    NY Players- yeah no you don’t, we want Fitzpatrick or your quarterback can get no practice with us

  18. The Jets were competitive last year with Fitz, seems unlikely they will be this year without him.

    No matter what sham the league office full of former Jets execs comes up with to try and keep the Jets down, the New York Laughingstocks will never get ahead of the Pats with the cheap, lousy owner they have.

  19. As a Jets fan, I agree.
    Save the 8MM that Fitzpatrick will get paid, and use it to retain Sheldon Richardson.
    Fitzpatrick won’t be around for more than 1-2 years, and the Jets aren’t going anywhere. Going 6-10 instead of 8-8 (or 7-9) is the same. And you get better draft picks.

    Keeping FItzpatrick (at 10MM) and going 8-8 is worse in the long run than going with Geno, going 6-10 , saving money for Sheldon Richardson, and getting a better pick.

    There is one other advantage of going with Geno Smith – there is a 20% chance he improves enough to be as good as Fitzpatrick and can be a temporary QB for a few years until they can get a better one.

    >>>deanvernonwormer says:
    May 26, 2016 6:32 AM
    The bottom line is this: the Jets aren’t making the playoffs with that tough schedule. So why not save your money and give Smith one last shot to start to see if he has anything. The kid does have a strong arm and he did play well in a few games when he started two years ago. If he stinks out the joint play Petty or Hackenberg (because they didn’t trade for Glennon which is what they should have done).

  20. It is too bad that the people running the business side of football don’t understand the competition side of football. Teams gel when players trust each other and know the other player has their back. This is an example of the chemistry so many teams want to achieve. Hey Jets work this out quickly now. This is a clear sign you are going in the right direction.

  21. .
    WR’s want to catch touchdowns. Fitz gave them that
    WR’s want to catch balls in stride. Fitz gave them that
    WR’s don’t want to constantly need to tackle people due to interceptions…

    Jets owner doesn’t care about any of that, sell seats make money. trade away anyone worth anything sign no value players trade away or cut if anything changes

  22. Fitzpatrick almost singlehandedly eliminated the Jests from playoff contention last season. I don’t get all the love for him. Sure, he was pretty good for fantasy players but a football fan needs to be able to separate fantasy from reality. The guy’s not a winner; he chokes and he always has.

  23. Jets are doing the right thing here. Maccagnan knows Fitzpatrick is a dead end and will likely regress, especially with this brutal schedule. He’s in no rush to bring this guy back with 2016 being essentially a lost year. If they can find out which of these young guys is the most viable, they have a positive outlook in 2017 and beyond with the way they are building up the rest of the team.

  24. Look, somebody needs to sign Fitz as long as it’s not Denver.
    Because when they start the season 0-3, they will sign him and then he will play just good enough to get them back to the SB, and maybe win it.

  25. This is probably the last chance for Fitzpatrick to get paid as a starter. His window of opportunity is closing. Can’t blame him for wanting to maximize it.

    Decker and Marshall are placing their own interests above that of the team, and sending a bad message to their team mates.

    Skip staff meeting next time because you want your old co-worker back, see how well that works out. Millionaire’s problems.

  26. Fitz should win this… If the Jets refuse to sign him (which is silly) he will get picked up as soon as somebody’s QB gets hurt as they do every year. Come on Jets, EVERYONE has to overpay for QB’s–you’re not special!!

  27. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    May 26, 2016 7:41 AM

    Fitzpatrick proved in Buffalo that he is much better when he is playing for a contract than he is after he gets it.
    ————————

    Unfortunately, he Fitzpatricked his way out of a contract with that Fitzpatrick-like performance he gave in their last game of last season.

  28. Still hard to believe this because it’s completely speculation as neither Decker or Marshall has actually confirmed this. I just don’t get it though, Fitzpatrick was a mediocre QB for a decade in the NFL, he has a career year at age 31, while throwing to one of the best WR tandems in the league, having a strong running game and offensive line in a simplified offense constructed by Chan Gailey. It’s not as if Fitz all of a sudden became a good QB, he still made horrible decisions all season and Marshall bailed him out more than I’ve seen any WR bail out a QB. Geno is not a good QB, but he’s being paid only $1M, he’s got a stronger arm than Fitz, he only played 2 years so he’s not a finished product, and he went 8-8 playing with a much worse supporting cast, he’s never had anything close to Marshall to throw to. Why waste money on Fitzpatrick, you know who he is and even having a career year last year he still threw a playoff clinching game away in the end, you think he’s going to get better at age 31?

  29. Jets are in cap hell. They haven’t even signed Darron Lee yet.

    That should tell you something. How can a team so desperate for a quality 1st rd pick not have their pick signed?

    The Jets are busy moving money around because they ran out and signed Forte, which put them over the cap.

    What a mess.

    This is why they’re nowhere near being close to what Fitzpatrick needs to play for, even at the 8-10 mil range.

    If a team has a QB issue, maybe there is an injury concern or a quality concern, and they have cap space, Fitzpatrick will go there and not back to NY.

  30. As a Pat’s fan we support Geno. Much better games though, when playing against Fitz. Plus, Fitz is a Harvard guy, always rooted for him.

  31. Can you imagine, the Jets front office actually starting Geno Smith on day one. I know Jets fans are not very bright. Is there any other Team in the league that could actually with a straight face sell that to their fanbase. What the jets would be saying is we are looking forward to next year when hackenberg may be ready. I would be so pissed if I was a Jets fan.

  32. I don’t think it’s coincidence that of all the teams Fitz has played for, those teams have then gone in a different direction at QB. Jets haven’t had a good QB in a while, and need to get that search going. Rolling with Fitz again is just asking for another stopgap year.

    Let the 3 other QBs compete to see who’s the best, play out 2016 as an assessment year, and you’ll know what you have on your roster, plus more cap-room. Worst-case, they all suck, and you draft a QB high in 2017.

  33. Marshall and Decker want Fitzpatrick under center because he is without a doubt a better quarterback than what the Jets have on the roster… I think they want to give Fitzpatrick one more shot at getting to the playoffs… they were on the cusp last season and with a few more pieces added from this years draft with Fitz as QB they should have no problem getting there. Anyone else and it’s game over.

  34. Let the dysfunction continue NY.

    Glad to see the organization is not even making an effort to find some middle ground with a free agent QB the receivers want and instead are causing a distraction.

    Geno Smith is not the answer but then again as a Patriots fan keep it up and enjoy another year with no playoffs and again looking up at the Might New England Patriots!

  35. futures44 says:
    May 26, 2016 10:08 AM
    As a Pat’s fan we support Geno. Much better games though, when playing against Fitz. Plus, Fitz is a Harvard guy, always rooted for him.

    That’s not even true, Geno played the Patriots close every time he played them. He’s 1-3, average margin of defeat the games was 2 points.
    In 2013 1-1 (NE 13 NYJ 10) (NYJ 30 NE 27)
    2014 0-2 (NE 27 NYJ 25) ( NE 17 NYJ 16)

    Fitzpatrick was 1-1 against the Patriots and I think 2-7 all time against them. Give Geno Marshall and Decker to throw to, I think he can produce at least the same results if not better, already played competently against the Pats with much less.

  36. I love when Pats fans say the Jets are in cap hell because of signing Forte for less than Ivory got…it is their only way to compensate for their team paying Donald Brown anything for his services.

  37. I hope the Jets aren’t banking on Hackenberg bc he sucks. I watched alot of Penn State games.

  38. jvw1982 says:
    May 26, 2016 8:38 AM
    The NFLPA should be disbanded and then the players should start with new leadership…..how can you agree with a voluntary practice but if you don’t show up you will be smeared as having a issue with team or worst, a bad teammate…
    ————————–‘——–

    What does the NFLPA has to do with what the media reports? This a reporter “connecting the dots” about a story, is not about labor relations or disciplinary issues. Stop blaming the NFLPA for what the media purports.

  39. 47 and counting, off to an early start on #48.

    You can’t make this stuff up, and it’s too silly even to comment on.

    Pats’ fan

  40. The Jets had a way better season than expected last year. They actually had a passing game for the first time in living memory. Fitz may have been bad everywhere else he has been, but for some reason, he had a good season and won the hearts and minds of his team. I think it says a lot that his wideouts are sticking up for him and making a statement. I am NOT comparing Fitz to P Manning and Joe Montana’s talent level, but I do not remember their respective receiving corps making a similar statement when their franchise did em dirty.

  41. Decker and Marshall should take a pay cut so the organization can pay Fitzpatrick more. That would be a show of solidarity.

  42. If these guys were such great teammates why aren’t they lining up for a pay cut? I mean they have to know that they only have 3 mill left in cap space right???……

  43. how about Decker, Marshall, Mangold, all pool some of there millions together and pay the man…..its good they don’t run the FO, or theyd understand they simply cant afford him

  44. Makes sense, they’re nothing without a good quarterback. More than a little sad that Fitzpatrick is their best option.

  45. vikingforlife says:
    May 26, 2016 6:56 AM
    After seeing the trainwreck in Chicago, (yes I am a Viking fan who lives in Chicago and see it up close and personal) it’s nice to see Brandon caring about his QB. Good for you, Brandon! Seems when a quality, nice guy’s job is on the line it’s worth the effort. Personally love Fitzpatrick by the way, so I support Brandon and Decker on this, just sayin’…… I have nothing against Geno, but, I think for right now, Fitz is the answer for the Jets.
    ===================================

    Poor Brandon Marshall.
    For some reason he keeps being associated with teams that are “train wrecks”
    Chicago…
    Miami…
    Denver…
    New York?
    Making a stand for a career journeyman or once again trying to be the attention starved diva?

    If you really did see the Bears up close and personal while Marshall was here then you should know that the team, his teammates and the fans gave him nothing but support and encouragement. Right up to the point where he decided that he had to relieve himself on them.
    That is why the Bears relieved themselves of his presence and that is a real good indication why he is already on his 4th NFL team in spite of his talent.
    It is a safe bet that Brandon Marshall does not finish his career with the Jets and probably not the next team that takes a chance on his act either.

  46. ajwill729 says:
    May 26, 2016 8:41 AM

    NY Organization- we’ll be fine we have plenty of other players that are capable of stepping in for Fitzpatrick we have a great wide receiving corps to help a young QB

    NY Players- yeah no you don’t, we want Fitzpatrick or your quarterback can get no practice with us

    You mean New Jersey?

  47. futures44 says:
    May 26, 2016 10:11 AM

    Can you imagine, the Jets front office actually starting Geno Smith on day one. I know Jets fans are not very bright. Is there any other Team in the league that could actually with a straight face sell that to their fanbase. What the jets would be saying is we are looking forward to next year when hackenberg may be ready. I would be so pissed if I was a Jets fan.

    Geno getting punched in the jaw was the second best moment in Jets history after SB III. They should make a statue to commemorate it.

  48. cafetero1075 says:
    May 26, 2016 8:04 AM
    As a Dolphins fan, I love Geno Smith.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    I guess that perfect QB rating he had in a game against Miami endeared him to you.

  49. It has already been reported the Jets and Fitz are getting closer to a deal right after the first day of OTA’s. Have all these “insiders” even thought about the possibility of both Decker and Marshall recruiting Fitz back? There have also been reports that both Marshall, Decker, and Mangold have been in the facility the past couple of days. Why are we banking on Manish Mehta to provide us factual info?

  50. By the way, Manish Mehta makes up locker room drama stories every off season and he has essentially been blacklisted by the Jets so he speculates, there is no facts in the Decker or Marshall story. Meanwhile, a much more reputable reporter with good relationships with the players in Brian Costello has said Marshall’s absence has nothing to do with Fitzy. Also, Decker is skipping OTA’s just like every veteran and is with his wife while she’s on tour with their daughter.

  51. 2016StockMarketCrash says:
    May 26, 2016 11:00 AM

    The Dolphins will win the AFC east in 2016, Jets will finish last.
    ————————

    Should I “book it”?

  52. The Jets should make a temporary trade for IK Enemkpali to take of Geno Smith again.

  53. 2016StockMarketCrash says:
    May 26, 2016 11:00 AM
    The Dolphins will win the AFC east in 2016, Jets will finish last.
    ___________________

    Glad you enjoy playing Madden but the rest of us live in the real world.

  54. Bottom Line:

    The Jets lost the ability to low-ball Fitz the minute the Texans gave Brock Osweiler that outrageous contract.

    Look- get it over with and pay the guy. They’re a pretty good team with him.

  55. Die Hard Jets fan here I think Marshall Decker and Mangold are going about this all the wrong way I understand they won’t fit back but this isn’t the way you go about it they should be in Camp getting more acquainted with whoever the quarterbacks going to be not protesting for Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick is a journeyman he is not worth a lot of money he already beat Buffalo out of tons of money and now he’s looking for another big payday off of one good season not going to happen Jets stick to your guns quarterback or no quarterback look for the future

  56. Fitz wants $10-12 a year for 3 years but he knows he’ll be cut after 2. That’s $20-24 mil over 2 years that he wants to earn. Jets might’ve offered him $18-mil over 2 years with $12 in the first year. Sign him for $9 mil over 2 years and $10 mil for the third, guarantee $16 mil as long as he starts most of the games this year and next.

    He gets $18 mil over 2 years any way you look at it and his third year option looks pretty good if Geno and Hack don’t work out by next year

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