Dustin Keller hasn’t heard from Jets about new deal

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Free agency is a little more than a week away and tight end Dustin Keller is still waiting to get an idea about whether or not the Jets are going to try to sign him to a new deal.

Keller said he’s spoken to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who made it clear he wanted Keller on the offense, but hasn’t heard from General Manager John Idzik or anyone else from the front office about remaining with the team. Keller wanted to sign an extension with the team before the 2012 season, but none was ever offered and now he’s looking forward to seeing what kind of offers are out there on the open market.

“Yeah, I’d like to return,” Keller said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “I have a lot of great friends on the team, and I’ve always thought of myself as a key piece of the offense there, but if I’m not there that’s fine, too. There are no hard feelings. I understand it’s a business for the Jets, but at this point it’s a business decision for me as well.”

The Jets have been noncommittal about the prospect of using the franchise tag, but there’s not much expectation that the cap-strapped Jets will be locking up the nearly $6 million in cap space it would take to guarantee Keller sticks around. That cap issue may also make it hard for the Jets to outbid other suitors for Keller’s services, even after a season that saw Keller miss eight games with hamstring and knee injuries.

14 responses to “Dustin Keller hasn’t heard from Jets about new deal

  1. Franchise tag and Dustin Keller should never be used in the same sentence again.

    I have no idea what Dustin is asking for, but if he doesn’t not realize that he is in the bottom half of starting TE’s in the league……he’ll be in for a shock come FA.

    And every year, there seems to be a TE or 2 who break out in the draft, making keller’s value less and less.

    I never thought I’d say this 3 years ago, but the last few years have shown me the Jets will not lose much replacing Dustin Keller.

  2. Justin, why would you want to remain a Jet. Take the hint, the hapless front office of the Jets are saying “goodbye” to you….

    You are a great player and the Jets don’t deserve you. You will find another team (and a much better team) to play for in 2013.

  3. Why pay more than vet minimum for offensive players as long as Sanchez is starting at QB?

  4. Hang in there, buddy. Your phone will be ringing on March 9th and you should listen very carefully to Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner and the plans they have for the Browns offense. If you do, you will likely be a Cleveland Brown by March 15th.

  5. Jets gotta have some vision here! A sinking tide affects all boats. His production was partially affected by Sanchez’s decline over the last two years. Will he overcome his injury ridden season is the main question. If yes, I have no doubt he’ll return to the great hands, clutch playmaker go-to-guy he was. He’d thrive in the West Coast offense, again if healthy and of course with some other major offensive upgrades around him.

    Jets should negotiate a contract with incentives tied to production in relationship to getting healthly & playtime.

    Otherwise I wouldn’t be surprised to see him given an opportunity in New England or some other heavy TE laden team’s scheme.

  6. The Jets situation is summed up in one word-Turgid
    What a freakin mess!!Way worse than anything we’ve experience. When we melted down the last time Bill Parcels was there to pick up the pieces. Now there is no one who is qualified to do that.

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