Keller in the dark about getting a new contract


Tight end Dustin Keller, a first-round pick in 2008, is entering the final year of his rookie contract.  He wants a new one.  But he apparently isn’t getting one, yet.

Keller said Saturday that there have been no talks toward a new deal.  And he doesn’t know whether there will be.

I would hope they would,” Keller said Saturday regarding the possibility of signing him before the season starts, via Rich Cimini of  “Look at their history.  But that’s their choice.  Obviously, it would be good to get a contract.”

The Jets’ history depends on which player we’re talking about.  Receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie had to play out their contracts before getting new ones.  Cornerback Darrelle Revis and quarterback Mark Sanchez didn’t.  And several other players have complained that they were promised new deals but never got one.

Regardless, Keller prefers not to play out his contract.  “If I do, it is what it is and we’ll go from there,” Keller said.  “Now the focus is on the season.”

If the Jets and Keller “go from there,” it could include the Jets using the franchise tag on Keller.  For now, Cimini says the Jets intend to see how Keller fits (or doesn’t fit) into offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s offense.

It could be that the Jets simply can’t afford to pay a pass-catching tight end when the emphasis of the attack will be the running game.

2 responses to “Keller in the dark about getting a new contract

  1. Love Keller. Always have ever since the Jets traded up for him and I watched his Purdue highlights. Dude literally carries a pile 10 yards, loses his helmet, and jaws right back in the other teams face until they back down. Love Keller. However, the Jets have a very similar player for a lot less money in Josh Baker. Keller has always created mismatches in coverage, been a surprisingly consistent blocker in the run game, and been Sanchez’s safety valve. Hopefully the Jets pay him, if not he’ll definitely get a big fat check on the open market (as far as tight ends go) and some team will pick up a solid play-making tight end….hopefully it isn’t the Patriots.

  2. The Jets front office won’t offer Keller a new contract, they only want to sign or resign players that are head cases or who have personality disorders.

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