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The Jets have held preliminary contract discussions with TE Dustin Keller, according to a league source.

Keller, the team's most consistent playmaker last season, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. No deal is imminent, but this bears watching because he'd be the Jets' most prominent free agent in 2013.

Keller is due to make $3.05 million this season, thanks to an escalator that bumped his base pay by $2 million. Clearly, Keller isn't hurting, but it makes sense to lock him up for the long term.

He led the team last season in catches (65), receiving yards (815), receptions of 20+ yards (12) and receiving first downs (39). He was sixth among tight ends in yardage and ninth in yards-after-catch (320). Keller became the first tight end since Mickey Shuler in 1985 to lead the team in receptions.

More than anything, Keller is an ascending player, having demonstrated improvement in each of his four seasons. The Jets like to build around their core players, and this is an opportunity to do just that. Plus, he and QB Mark Sanchez have excellent chemistry and, as everybody knows, that sort of thing has been in short supply in Florham Park.

Locking up Keller also would lessen the burden next year, when several key players are eligible to become free agents -- namely Shonn Greene, Brandon Moore, Mike DeVito andAaron Maybin.

Sanchez received an extension even though he had two years left on his rookie deal -- and he had a mediocre year in 2011. It sends a bad message if they don't reward the players that actually performed at a high level.

Very money dependent IMO. I'd want to keep him around, but he's not nearly a top TE, so hopefully he doesn't want to be paid like one. If he does, I'm sure we can find a guy in the 4th round for Sanchez to stare at the whole way and then overthrow. I'm sure that guy, when he catches the ball, can knock himself out by trying to jump a 6ft tall defender who's standing straight up.

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Very money dependent IMO. I'd want to keep him around, but he's not nearly a top TE, so hopefully he doesn't want to be paid like one. If he does, I'm sure we can find a guy in the 4th round for Sanchez to stare at the whole way and then overthrow. I'm sure that guy, when he catches the ball, can knock himself out by trying to jump a 6ft tall defender who's standing straight up.

I giggled at this.

I like Keller. He's Marks favorite target. I'd keep him around. I think Cumberland shows some promise and it would be an interesting set to have one of them in the slot and the other on the LOS w/ Holmes wide. Should be nice easy reads for Mark out of the type of a formation.

Keller is worth extending. Cant imagine he's going to cost a significant amount of money. Although, we did just sign an Aussie...

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I giggled at this.

I like Keller. He's Marks favorite target. I'd keep him around. I think Cumberland shows some promise and it would be an interesting set to have one of them in the slot and the other on the LOS w/ Holmes wide. Should be nice easy reads for Mark out of the type of a formation.

Keller is worth extending. Cant imagine he's going to cost a significant amount of money. Although, we did just sign an Aussie...

I definitely want to bring him back. I just think it's really got to be a value signing. I just really don't believe we're in a position to overpay for a tight end. Hopefully they work something out that is representative to his value at TE vs. the league as opposed to the fact that he led the Jets in receptions.

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extending sanchez, keller and greene were some of my top priorities this offseason... guaranteeing money to under achievers is sound strategy for long term success

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I hope he doesn't get paid like a top TE. Keller's maddening.

Some games, he can look like one of the better offensive weapons in the league. Others, he seems to not even be in the stadium, and you wouldn't even notice him if not for footballs occasionally bouncing off the side of his face.

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his athleticism never really translated into the NFL. Meh.

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I hope they get this done. Continuity for the QB has to become a priority. No more musical chairs with the guys Sanchez is throwing to.

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extending sanchez, keller and greene were some of my top priorities this offseason... guaranteeing money to under achievers is sound strategy for long term success

Thanks T0m...

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Strangely enough, I actually become a bigger fan of Keller's this past season. While he's certainly not an elite level talent, and can be maddening at times, the guy has managed to consistently outperform everyone else in that receiving corps for years now, meanwhile has only seen about 1/2 of a season combined of quality QB play throughout his entire career. He's one of those guys that, if the Jets were to let him hit FA, I think would join the list of Jets players who went on to have far more success after they left, if he got to play with even just an average QB. He's certainly not worth top level money, but I think when you look at the heap of crap that is the Jets offense these days, he's probably the one guy outside of the OL there's legit reason to want to keep around long term.

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He has disappeared in games - but how much can you put on the QB for making that happen. keep him with hi skills and talent receiving the ball and being young.

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He has disappeared in games - but how much can you put on the QB for making that happen. keep him with hi skills and talent receiving the ball and being young.

Agree....but with a sound OC, keller can become a bigger weapon.....

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A smart team replaces Keller with Cumberland/draft pick. We'll give him $20mm guaranteed.

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Strangely enough, I actually become a bigger fan of Keller's this past season. While he's certainly not an elite level talent, and can be maddening at times, the guy has managed to consistently outperform everyone else in that receiving corps for years now, meanwhile has only seen about 1/2 of a season combined of quality QB play throughout his entire career. He's one of those guys that, if the Jets were to let him hit FA, I think would join the list of Jets players who went on to have far more success after they left, if he got to play with even just an average QB. He's certainly not worth top level money, but I think when you look at the heap of crap that is the Jets offense these days, he's probably the one guy outside of the OL there's legit reason to want to keep around long term.

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I thought Keller played tough last year. Like Holmes, give him a QB and I'll be there. I'll be theeeeere.

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A smart team replaces Keller with Cumberland/draft pick. We'll give him $20mm guaranteed.

Thats pretty much the going rate.

http://nyjetscap.com/2012_Articles/dustinkellerprice.php

If I were the Jets Id let him play this year out and if he goes wild I would franchise him. Its only about 6 million to do it. Then Id probably just let him walk. I hope they dont get into a 7mil/year type deal with him.

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Thats pretty much the going rate.

http://nyjetscap.com...kellerprice.php

If I were the Jets Id let him play this year out and if he goes wild I would franchise him. Its only about 6 million to do it. Then Id probably just let him walk. I hope they dont get into a 7mil/year type deal with him.

This unless Keller agrees to a contract for a TE that's in the top ten but not the top five.

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He has disappeared in games - but how much can you put on the QB for making that happen. keep him with hi skills and talent receiving the ball and being young.

I agree.

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Thats pretty much the going rate.

http://nyjetscap.com...kellerprice.php

If I were the Jets Id let him play this year out and if he goes wild I would franchise him. Its only about 6 million to do it. Then Id probably just let him walk. I hope they dont get into a 7mil/year type deal with him.

Not necessarily a bad idea considering that if you take a quick look at next year's pending FAs, while there are a number of guys I'd say the Jets are likely to try to bring back, they're certainly not going to be using the franchise tag on the likes of Slauson, Moore, Greene or even DeVito. I still wouldn't be opposed to extending him if he's got reasonable contract demands, but if not it's certainly a good route to take.

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How does Tebow feel about Keller?

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He's one of those guys that, if the Jets were to let him hit FA, I think would join the list of Jets players who went on to have far more success after they left, if he got to play with even just an average QB.

Undoubtedly this happens.

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Our good friend Tyson Rauch has a blog post that says the Jets may be looking to extend the contract of TE Dustin Keller.

Tyson says:

The athletic pass catcher is in the final year of his rookie contract and will make $3,050,000 this season.

This news should come as no surprise as Keller had a solid 2011 season (career high 65 catches for 815 yards) and has become one of Mark Sanchez’ favorite targets.  Dustin is a match-up nightmare for most linebackers and safeties and an argument can be made that the Jets do not utilize his skill sets enough in the passing game. In addition if the Jets extend Keller they can create some cap room which is desperately needed to add some depth to the roster (S,WR,OLB,RT).

Here is a thread with more information on this rumor from our http://forums.jetnation.com/topic/104494-jets-and-keller-begin-to-talk-contract/.  Also, be sure to check out Tyson Rauch’s new site, The Jets Setter.

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If he ever learns how to catch and not trip and fall, look out NFL.

Wasnt Tom Moore supposed to turn Keller into the next Dallas Clark?

At this point I would be happy with the next Chris Baker.

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If he ever learns how to catch and not trip and fall, look out NFL.

Wasnt Tom Moore supposed to turn Keller into the next Dallas Clark?

At this point I would be happy with the next Chris Baker.

Baker's best years offensively do not come close to Keller's least productive season (his rookie year)...

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Unless it's the deal of the century, under no circumstances should we not be exploiting him for one more year and then unloading him for a 3rd or 4th rounder.

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Keller gets too much sh*t from Jets fans. He's a solid TE. They need another one though. The mythical beast that is Jeff Cumberland isn't doing it for me anymore.

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Keller gets too much sh*t from Jets fans. He's a solid TE. They need another one though. The mythical beast that is Jeff Cumberland isn't doing it for me anymore.

Keller is awesome. Losing him would be a giant mistake. Cumberland is as good as the chances of Walter Payton coming back and playing for us.
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