Tight end Dustin Keller said last week that he wants one of to be one of “those core guys” that the Jets build around in years to come.
Keller’s contract is up after the 2012 season and he made the core comments while talking about his hope of landing a contract extension with the Jets. Vernon Gholston is the only other Jets first-round pick from 2006 to 2009 that didn’t receive a new deal from the team, but there doesn’t seem to be any great rush to get Keller locked up for the long term.
According to a report from Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, that won’t be changing any time soon. Cimini reports that the Jets will take a “wait-and-see approach” to a Keller extension that will postpone any decision until after the tight end completes his fifth season.
Cimini thinks the Jets want to see how Keller fits into Tony Sparano’s offense because he isn’t a great blocker, which seems like a prudent course of action. Keller has been productive for the Jets — 213 catches, 15 touchdowns — and there’s every reason to expect that they would want him back after 2012, but with the franchise tag available there’s not much reason to make up their minds until they see what they have on their hands offensively this season.