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Dustin Keller waiting patiently for his new deal

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The monster contract signed by New England tight end Rob Gronkowski caught everyone’s attention.

But for New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller, he just wants to keep up with his own teammates.

Keller said Monday night at a charity even that he’d like to join players such as Mark Sanchez, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, David Harris, Nick Mangold and Darrelle Revis at the Jets pay window, but so far the Jets haven’t reciprocated his interest.

He said his side approached the Jets about a deal, but “it hasn’t really moved too much,” describing the delay as “a little frustrating.”

“Obviously, I’d like to be one of those core guys that they consider that’s going to help the team win and be part of that,” Keller said, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “I feel I am, but still you want to get that contract done. That pretty much makes it official.”

Keller’s entering the final year of his rookie contract, scheduled to make $3.05 million this year. And his stats have steadily increased each season, with 65 catches for 815 yards and five scores establishing him as worthy target.

But timing and those other deals could keep him waiting, especially since the franchise tag for tight ends was still in the affordable range ($5.5 million before Gronkowski’s deal’s figured in next year).

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13 Responses to “Dustin Keller waiting patiently for his new deal”
  1. agcooney108 says: Jun 12, 2012 7:55 AM

    coming from a jets fan. you’re a good TE, but no where near the level of any of those players listed above. aaron hernandez did better than you and the patriots run a two man te system.

  2. spellingcops says: Jun 12, 2012 9:03 AM

    Good thing MEvis “needs” more money. Real team player.

  3. letangusespertplus says: Jun 12, 2012 9:06 AM

    catch the ball more then.

  4. northernwisc says: Jun 12, 2012 9:21 AM

    agcooney108 says:
    Jun 12, 2012 7:55 AM
    coming from a jets fan. you’re a good TE, but no where near the level of any of those players listed above. aaron hernandez did better than you and the patriots run a two man te system.
    ———————————————————
    Brady throwing to Hernandez

    vs

    Sanchez throwing to Keller

    yeah…..fair comparison.

  5. talkintrashallday says: Jun 12, 2012 9:41 AM

    KEEP WAITING!!

  6. agcooney108 says: Jun 12, 2012 9:50 AM

    Brady throwing to Hernandez

    vs

    Sanchez throwing to Keller
    _________

    you do notice that keller is sanchez’s go to guy, right? you do notice aaron hernandez does more after the catch than keller, right? you do notice that hernandez also played two less games than keller last year and still put up better numbers, right? also you noticed hernandez is the SECOND option for te, right?

    trust me hernandez can go on any team and still do as good as he’s going now. brady is a help, but those two tight ends they have are special.

    keller does not deserve that type of money from any of those names listed above unless he puts up the numbers to prove it. all the names above are top 5 at their position (excluding sanchez). i can name more than 5 other TE right now that deserve more money than him.

  7. dexterismyhero says: Jun 12, 2012 9:51 AM

    Keller is a fantastic TE. Too bad the Sanchize throws to him.

    Hell, go back to Indiana and play for the Colts Dustin.

  8. pisano says: Jun 12, 2012 10:12 AM

    Keller waiting patiently for a new deal? he’ll also be waiting for the Jets to find a QB that can throw him the ball.

  9. newyorkfootballjets says: Jun 12, 2012 10:25 AM

    In order to be a core player you have to be multi dimensional. Keller makes the jets offense predictable cause he cant block.

  10. gabeljm says: Jun 12, 2012 10:45 AM

    In order to be one of those core guys, you have to be one of those core guys. He’s just a guy.

  11. enzo1030 says: Jun 12, 2012 10:47 AM

    Guy can’t block for nothin’. He also has stone hands at times. Oh and lets not forget when he runs out of bounds before getting the first down on 4th.

  12. XRayTiD says: Jun 12, 2012 11:14 AM

    I’m not a Jets fan so I’m pretty unbaised here when I say this, he should leave for a new team. The egos & personalities on that team will have accomplishments overshadowed because of players like Revis, Holmes & now Tebow

  13. covercorner says: Jun 12, 2012 3:45 PM

    Keller is hot and cold.

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