Memories. That’s all New York Jets fans may have left of Dustin Keller after this free agency period. The 28-year-old tight end, who started his career with the Jets, is set to hit free agency on March 12th and the Jets have shown no interest in re-signing him.
Keller had the potential to be a Pro Bowl tight end, but the recent injury issues plus being a victim to quarterback problems and awful play-calling have hindered his abilities. It would be tough to see Keller go. Keller was drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft and has developed a lot of close relationships around the locker room, including embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez. The tight end was part of the Jets’ success when they went to back-to-back AFC championships, and was one of the key pieces.
Are the Jets not worried about Keller because of the unclear quarterback situation?
Keller has been one of the Jets’ leading receivers the past few years—the tight end is versatile and presents a vertical threat for the Jets—but 2012 was a rough one for him. He dealt with ankle and hamstring injuries throughout 2012, and only played in eight games. Keller was limited to only 28 receptions for 317 yards and two touchdowns.
Still, Keller can present problems to opposing defenses. He is a big, athletic tight end with good hands; he can make the tough catches across the middle and go vertical.
The Jets are in a tight salary cap situation which makes it tough for the team to keep the tight end. Seeing Keller go will hurt—especially because of the Jets’ lack of weapons. But just imagine how good Keller can be under Mornhinweg’s West Coast offense.