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).