- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Boy, oh, boycott. Or, maybe not.

Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall returned this week to the New York Jets after their absences at voluntary organized team activities last week fueled speculation - and a published report - that the wide receivers might have been skipping out to send a message:

Re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Both Decker and Marshall have said all offseason that they would like Fitzpatrick, a free agent, back with the Jets. Coach Todd Bowles has also said that Fitzpatrick, who led the team to a 10-6 mark and one win shy of the playoffs, is the starter if and when he comes back.

But the quarterback and the Jets are locked in a contract stalemate, creating lots of uncertainty as to whether Fitzpatrick will return.

“There is a thin line between supporting your teammate and also being detrimental to the team,” Marshall said after practice Wednesday. “But you guys know how I feel about Ryan. At this point, it’s time for all of us to move forward and try to figure out how we can win some games.”

Last week, the New York Post reported that Decker stayed away from OTAs as a show of support for Fitzpatrick.

“That’s not the reason I wasn’t here,” Decker said. “I told Coach where I was, what I was doing, that I was with my family, which sometimes can get tough for me because of what my wife does and how busy she can be. So, I don’t want to say I was on vacation, but I was spending time with my family and that’s an important aspect to me.”

Decker’s wife, country recording artist Jessie James, posted a photo last Wednesday - after the Post report - of the family together.

“It’s voluntary,” Decker said of OTAs. “I’m here now and trying to get better, and be a good teammate.”

Marshall, who caught a team-record 109 passes last season, said he was home in Florida working out last week, later indicating that heading into his 11th season that he has learned to pace himself in the offseason.

“There’s a big story now about, ‘Where’s Brandon?’” Marshall said. “It’s just part of the process of being able to get myself in a place where I’m there in December and January. That’s what it’s about. That’s championship football. That’s what I want to play, is championship football and you’ve got to be there mentally.”

Marshall said he and Fitzpatrick talk “all the time” despite the quarterback not currently being a member of the team. He believes they’ll be able to pick up right where they left off last season - if Fitzpatrick comes back.

“Of course, we’re ballplayers and we get paid to do that,” Marshall said. “I guess the positive in that is that this guy is 33, he’s a vet, he’s seen a lot of football and he knows a lot of football.

“So, that’s not the problem. Last year was our first year together and all these guys in this locker room, the guys upstairs, so for us to go out there and win 10 games, in our minds, we underperformed, but to the outside, people were shocked a little bit.

“So, whenever you have that and create that, you always want to build on that.”

Bowles, meanwhile, insisted he never took the absences of Decker and Marshall to be some sort of pro-Fitzpatrick message.

“No, because I talked to them,” Bowles said, “and I knew they were going to miss last week.”

So, why does the coach think they sat out workouts?

“The reasons they told me,” Bowles said, “they had valid reasons.”

Meanwhile, the previously behind-closed-door numbers of the offer made to Fitzpatrick by the Jets began to emerge over the weekend. A source familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press last Friday that the Jets made a three-year offer to Fitzpatrick in March that included $12 million in the first year.

While it was unclear what the rest of the deal - which has been on the table since - was worth over the final two years, Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that the Jets’ full offer is worth a total of $24 million - with $6 million in each of the final two years.

The sticking points in the negotiations would appear to be the value of the last two years, along with how much of the total money would be guaranteed.

When asked if he was optimistic about Fitzpatrick’s chances of returning by training camp, Marshall shrugged.

“It’s not my job,” Marshall said. “We’ll see what happens. … You never know how these things are going to turn out, play out. “

NOTES: The Jets signed DE Shelby Harris and waived DE Lawrence Okoye. Harris was Oakland’s seventh-round pick in 2014 and played in eight games the past two seasons. Okoye was signed to the Jets’ practice squad as an offensive lineman last November, but had been working on the defensive line this offseason. He was an Olympian in the discus for Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Games.

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