The two sides have yet to exchange proposals, the source said, but Keller is someone the Jets should think hard about re-signing. His value to the team increased when Marty Mornhinweg was hired as offensive coordinator. He employs a West Coast system that relies heavily on a pass-catching tight end.I like Dustin Keller a lot, but if the team that traded up to draft him in 2008 has yet to talk seriously with him about a renewed contract and we're just weeks from unrestricted free agency speaks volumes. Schottenheimer saw the value of a hybrid H-Back as tantamount to his offense ... so much so that Keller was the first pass-catcher drafted in the 2008 draft. As far as Tight Ends in the West Coast? They aren't generally as heralded, Brent Celek did a very good job for the Eagles fifth round player after sitting for a year. The upgrade in the production based on the value that would be assigned to keeping Keller might be marginal. Jeff Cumberland has been a many year project in the making, and he's now starting to return value on the initial investment. Cumberland is actually a decent pass blocker (but he's atrocious in the running game) and might be a suitable replacement while the Jets sort the spot out.
Keller's been a productive member of the offense and he's been one of Sanchez's surest targets, but the offense he was drafted for is no longer in place. The quarterback he's worked to get in synch with might be playing out his final year with the team that drafted him ... is keeping him around at the price tag he's likely to want going to help the Jets rebuild this team properly?