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Dustin Keller has to keep waiting patiently for a new deal

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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.

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8 Responses to “Dustin Keller has to keep waiting patiently for a new deal”
  1. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 18, 2012 1:30 PM

    Tight ends have made a serious resurgence in recent years, and if Keller does his job well this season he’ll get the contract he covets.

  2. farty5 says: Jun 18, 2012 1:31 PM

    Is he even worth a new contract? Seems like a mediocre player with marginal talent and productivity. I think the Jets could lose him and be pretty much the same.

  3. cush2push says: Jun 18, 2012 1:39 PM

    All i can say is that I am so glad the jets have Tebow and Sanchez as QBs they effectively take Keller out of games

  4. schmitty2 says: Jun 18, 2012 3:03 PM

    farty5 says:Jun 18, 2012 1:31 PM

    Is he even worth a new contract? Seems like a mediocre player with marginal talent and productivity. I think the Jets could lose him and be pretty much the same.

    Maybe he’s that way because of the mediocrity palyer with maginal talent and productivity at the QB position

  5. areyoudue says: Jun 18, 2012 3:08 PM

    Keller is a slightly above average pass catching TE with below average blocking skills. If he’s looking to break the bank then the Jets should move on. A core player he is not, especially while the team is moving to a more run oriented scheme under Sparano.

  6. EJ says: Jun 18, 2012 3:40 PM

    The Jets will bring him back, but not at the price he’s expecting.

  7. truthhurtstoo says: Jun 18, 2012 3:41 PM

    3 yards and a cloud of dust… fist pump city

  8. damnws6 says: Jun 18, 2012 4:09 PM

    I like the guy, but not sure if he’s really a difference maker.

    This just shows that Tebow may be running the show soon. Keller is one of Sanchez’s boys. Just sayin’.

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