As the New York Jets finally got to terms with defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, all eyes turn to the Ryan Fitzpatrick situation and optimism is needed in dealing with this ongoing saga.
“I don’t know what’s going on. To be honest, me and Fitz talk every day, all the time, but I texted him the last two weeks three times and there’s no response,” Marshall said, “The only thing that he can do to make this right is to say he was on vacation, ‘I was out of the country.’ It’s not like him. It’s scaring me right now. It’s scaring me that my guy hasn’t texted me back.”
Marshall and Fitzpatrick clearly established an on and off the field chemistry despite only being teammates for one season. However, Marshall and Fitzpatrick both know very well, the NFL is a business first and foremost.
It’s upsetting that after the success the Jets had a year ago, these two sides can’t come to an agreement but this is not the first or the last time money takes precedence in professional sports.
But while it is disconcerting there is still no agreement, Jets fans should remain optimistic. The Jets have a very deep roster and with the news quarterback Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the season due to DeflateGate, this may be the best chance they have had to not just make the NFL Playoffs but possibly win the AFC east.
Whether it’s Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, or somebody else, the Jets need continuity at the quarterback position. As evidenced by teams like the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, talent and consistency at the quarterback position can elevate a team to the next level.
There is optimism in the air that a deal can get done either before or during training camp. If it’s anything the Jets need, it’s their quarterback of last year, the one that brought them the most success they’ve ever seen in years, back under center in 2016.