The contract stalemate between Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets isn't only affecting Fitzpatrick's relationship with the team, apparently, it's also affecting Fitzpatrick's relationship with Brandon Marshall.
The Jets wide receiver revealed this week that Fitzpatrick hasn't been returning his texts. That might not sound like a major issue to some people, but it's a major issue to Marshall because it's completely out of character for Fitzpatrick.
"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 [been] no response," Marshall said on the I Am Rapoport podcast, via CBS Sports Local. "It's not like him. It's scaring me right now. It's scaring me that my guy hasn't texted me back."
Marshall did concede that there might actually be a good reason that Fitzpatrick hasn't responded to his texts.
"The only thing that he can do to make this right is to say he was on vacation, [he] was out of the country," Marshall said.
Anyway, if Marshall's scared, that's probably not a good sign for any Jets fans, who's hoping that the team will be able to work out a deal with Fitzpatrick before the first practice of training camp kicks off on July 30.
Marshall has been supportive of Fitzpatrick during his bitter negotiations with the team, and that's because Marshall's been in that situation himself.
Fitzpatrick has been unwilling to accept the Jets offer of a three-year, $24 million deal that would include over $10 million in guaranteed money. If Fitzpatrick doesn't accept the offer by the start of training camp, then the Jets should move on, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
La Canfora says the team should give Fitzpatrick a "take it or leave it" offer with a July 27 deadline.
If the Jets do that, and Fitzpatrick turns it down, he might not ever text Marshall back ever again.