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Brandon Marshall not worried about Jets’ talks with Ryan Fitzpatrick

Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) before a game

Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Credit: Lee S. Weissman / Lee S. Weissman

The stalemate between the Jets and free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has stretched into its second week.

But Brandon Marshall -- the receiver who benefitted most from Fitzpatrick’s career resurgence in 2015 — insisted he’s not anxious about the team’s uncertain quarterback situation.

“I think everyone in the building feels the same way I feel about Fitz,” Marshall said in a phone interview with Newsday.

“But there’s also a business to it. So I know Fitz is leaning on his agent and I know our guys in our building are trying to do what’s best for the team. A good deal is when both sides win. You don’t want one guy to dominate over the other because it won’t be a happy marriage.

“But what I do know is, everyone in the building feels the same way about Fitz,” the six-time Pro Bowl receiver said. “We all love Fitz.”

Negotiations take time, Marshall noted. But the impasse between Fitzpatrick and the organization became national news once it was clear how far apart both sides are financially.

The Jets don’t see their offer (which, according to sources, is around $7 million a year) as a slight. In fact, it’s the best offer Fitzpatrick has received to this point, one source told Newsday. However, his agent, Jimmy Sexton, has been seeking a contract that would pay his client at least $15 million per season.

The reality: If the 33-year-old had a better offer, he’d be on another roster by now.

So, with each passing day, it seems more and more likely that Fitzpatrick eventually will re-sign with the Jets. The question is: When will that be?

“I just know these things take a while sometimes. There’s a lot of validity on both sides,” said Marshall, who caught 14 of Fitzpatrick’s franchise-record 31 touchdown passes last season. The 11-year journeyman helped guide the Jets to a 10-6 record, just one game shy of the playoffs.

Asked who he envisions catching a touchdown pass from in Week 1, Marshall laughed nervously.

“Week 1? The quarterback? Maybe . . . Maybe Matt Forte,” he said with a laugh about the Jets’ new running back. “Matt Forte threw a couple touchdowns, I think.”

He then laughed again and said: “You like that?”

In an interview Friday on “The Rich Eisen Show,” Marshall expressed concern about the possibility that Fitzpatrick may not re-sign with the Jets. “That’s the toughest thing for me when I think about him potentially putting on another jersey,” Marshall said on air. “ . . . All we need to do now is continue to get more reps with the same guys.”

But while talking to Newsday on Wednesday, he downplayed any fear he may have of the Jets losing Fitzpatrick.

“I’m not worried,” Marshall said, choosing his words carefully. “These things work themselves out.”

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