Originally Posted by Tackleem
I want to reiterate. You franchise Keller because you have a very shaky set of offensive skill players and a new coordinator who figures to use Keller a lot. "Keller shouldn't be paid like a top-5 TE" doesn't really figure into it at all. The reason teams franchise players is because THEY ARE NOT SURE if that player is worth a top-tier long-term contract.
And again, it's not like TE is a position like OLB or LT, where the franchise number is huge. It's six million bucks for a guy who is likely to be a big part of the offense in the short-term. Then see if you can figure out a more reasonable long-term deal or trade the guy.
Did you just buy his jersey?
In other years it would make sense to to tag him, but the 6 mill is 1/2 the cap space that the jets will have. The jets don't even know who will be throwing the ball, so you can't use all that cap room on a TE who has not been as productive to warrant it. You tag the guy his money is guranteed, and i don't think there will be a trade market for keller at 5.6 mill.