Dec. 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) celebrates on the field against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Keller Wants to Remain with the New York Jets

Earlier this week, we talked about what has become the curious case of Dustin Keller.  We talked about how he has been hurt for most of the past season, but before that was a leader for this team, and one of the most effective receivers.

We also know the importance of the tight end in the Marty Mornhinweg system.  What we haven’t talked about lately is how Dustin feels about the situation.  Well, we have finally heard from him, as he told the New York Post that if he had his way, he would prefer to be back with the team, as free agency presents an unknown:

“Yeah, I’d like to return,” he said. “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.”

He wanted to sign a contract prior to last season, but had no hard feelings about the fact that he didn’t. He also wanted to remind teams that, despite this past year’s injuries, he has been quite durable in the past:

“The thing I wants teams to realize is that I played my first four years in the NFL without missing a single practice, let alone a game,” Keller said. “I’m not some injury-prone player that teams have to worry about. Both of my injuries were non-contact injuries, so they were just fluke incidents. I don’t think people realize that there is a 100-percent injury rate for players in the NFL, and my injuries were minor.”

It doesn’t appear that the Jets are going to franchise Keller, so we will see soon enough, how big of a priority Dustin Keller is.

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  • John Szeligowski Jr.

    Dustin has done fantastically in the past… when you think about it, he is open almost all of the time. He never impresses you with speed or yards after a catch, yet somehow he finds the open spot and his hands are great. I’m not sold on letting him go. If I knew more about the Josh Baker situation I’d be tempted to say get him back on the cheap if you’re gonna let Keller get away. There are too many other concerns to draft a TE and I definitely wouldn’t sign a free agent, that would be the equivalent of keeping Keller.

    • TheJetPress

      It’s a tough one John. I have always been a fan of DK’s, and the TE his hugely important to a Marty Mornhinweg offense. The tight end stats on his teams are huge. They actually are planning to offer a second round tender on Jeff Cumberland, which gives us more evidence that Keller may be allowed to walk after all.

      I just hope it doesn’t blow up in their faces.