New York Jets WR Eric Decker believes QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back with the team by late July, the wide receiver said in an interview on the NFL Network.
"Right now, it's a business and they're so far off in dollar amount, but Ryan wants to be back, they want Ryan back," said Decker. "Something is going to happen. It might be before training camp, the day or two before, but I believe that he'll be back on the team come this fall."
While it is unknown if the Jets have given Fitzpatrick a hard deadline, the team has dropped strong hints about wanting to have a resolution to their quarterback situation by the start of training camp in late July, as reported by Rich Cimini of ESPN.
However other reports say there is a deadline for the two parties to agree on a deal. May 24th, the first day of Jets OTAs, is the first legitimate deadline that both sides want a deal to be done if Fitzpatrick is to remain with the team, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
As of now, the Jets are Fitzpatrick's only suitor. That is unlikely to change unless another team's quarterback suffers an injury over the next couple of weeks, meaning this staring contest between the Jets and Fitzpatrick could potentially go on for another two months.
"All I can say is we have to move on without him right now because they are stuck where they are with the business decision, where they want to go with the money, who's going to break," Decker told reporters. "But, again, we have a job to do and that's to be the best football team, field the best football team, of who we have in the locker room right now."