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New York Jets Dustin Keller wants to stay


The New York Jets have quite a few key impending free agents this offseason, and arguably the biggest one is tight end Dustin Keller. The only true safety valve on offense and an integral part to the passing attack, the 28-year-old told the New York Post that he would like to stay with the Jets and isn’t sure what free agency will bring.

Here is exactly what he told the Post, “I kind of view free agency like the draft, at this point I don’t know where anyone stands, including the Jets, but everything will take care of itself. I’m not stressing myself out about where I’m going to be, I’m just going to continue to work my butt off this offseason so I’m ready no matter where I’m going to be.”

Sounds like a great approach to have, and we wouldn’t really expect much differently out of Keller, who also told the paper that he has made close friends with quite a few of his teammates. Keller was only able to play in eight games last season, but he brought his best against the rival New England Patriots. I mean, Keller just killed us last year with a combined 12 catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns in both games.

Keller has not received an offer from the Jets yet, but the two sides did reportedly talk at the Combine. One of the top two or three impending free agent tight ends, Keller did speak with new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, so at least that’s a good sign. The Jets are in serious cap trouble so that complicates things, and I think that was the only reason why the Jets decided not to franchise tag him (just under $6 million). If Keller hits free agency, most people believe the Jets won’t be able to keep their star TE, who could very well be their number one priority to re-sign this offseason.

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