On Wednesday Rich Cimini from ESPN New York reported that the New York Jets have begun contract talks with tight end Dustin Keller. 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).
In terms of contract parameters, Jason Fitzgerald over at NYJETSCAP.com did an excellent job breaking down Dustin Keller’s value. Jason predicts that Keller will receive a 5-year extension that will average $6.9 million dollars a year, with $17 million guaranteed. That is a pretty good chunk of a change for a tight end that has battled some consistency issues. I can see some heated arguments about Dustin Keller’s value in the near future.