Dustin Keller Looking for New Deal, None to Be Found

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Jun 7, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

The Jets have made previous habit of extending the contract of young, core players, such as Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, and David Harris.

Dustin Keller feels he is one of these core players. After all, he is the only weapon that Mark Sanchez has had for his entire career. Thus, Keller has been seeking a contract extension, but the Jets have not offered one. Nor have the talks gotten very far yet. And he is a little frustrated by waiting.

“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 tonight at his bowling tournament to benefit three charities, including his Dustin Keller Foundation. “I feel I am, but still you want to get that contract done. That pretty much makes it official.”

He feels that he has put in the work for a long term deal (he will make a little more than $3 million this year), and doesn’t really enjoy waiting, but understands it:

“But it’s part of the game,” he said. “I still have a year left on my contract, and regardless of what happens, we’re going to play out that contract. But obviously the ideal situation would be for me to get an extension.”

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