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.