1 yr $2-3 mil deal otherwise goodbye.
I would love to see Keller come back but we can't sit here and pretend that we can unless he's willing to take less to stay with the Jets. He's a good player that can surely get more from another team and if he happened to take less it would tell a lot of the overpaid greedy jerks on the team a little about having a conscience.
No thank you.
Whether it's Mark Sanchez, Brett Favre, Tom Brady, Akili Smith or Joe Montana, you need to be able to catch the football consistently, especially if you can't block a five year-old, and Keller hasn't. His hands are the main reason he has not become a top tier receiving TE, because other than them he has the skill set to be one.
He's not worth $5 million per.
Keller is an average TE. Nothing special. Jets can't afford to throw big money to a JAG. As was stated above, if he wants to make a big splash,if he even can, he's going to have to look elsewhere.
Short money is all he'll get with the NYJ.
Marty can get the LJ Smith out of him.
Looks like Keller is beginning to panic a little about his prospects for a big payday in FA.
Reading between the lines, he's not getting the kind of (unofficial) interest he was anticipating.
Not so long ago he was saying he didn't want a franchise tag and the $6M one year salary that comes with it. I think he would gladly take it now.
My guess, if he hits FA, he averages no more than $3M - $4M a year on a multi-year deal.
I love how this franchise continues to alienate it's supposed blue chip players. The guys we invested high picks in.
Get rid of Cumby too he is an even crappier version of Keller.
Scots? Captain Caveman fans?? White, hetero omnivores???
I don't think projecting a salary in the $3M range (roughly half the franchise tag amount) for Keller is over-rating him at all. It's the economic reality of NFL free agency.
In the new economics of the NFL, you get low pay your first 3 years on your rookie deal, then you get bigger pay in Free Agency.
A lot of players with less of a career history than Keller have been paid a lot more in FA. Decent slot receivers pull down $5M - $6M in FA. Good CBs are getting $9M-$10M in FA. I don't think it's a stretch to project a proven, mid-level, NFL starting TE to get $3M a year.
And, personally, I don't even rate Keller all that highly. Maybe he squeaks in the top half (i.e top 16) of NFL starting TEs, but that's about it. But, in an environment where even players like Jeff Cumberland are being considered with $2M price tags, Keller will get somewhere between $3M and $4M IMO.
It won't be the 6 year, $30M with $15m guaranteed type deal he probably thought he was going to get - more like 3 years, $10M or 4 years, $14M with around $5M guaranteed.