Keller is very one dimensional, pretty much useless in the run game. He goes down immediately on contact, he does not punish tacklers at all. While he may have track speed, he's not particularly quick or fast on the field. He's also prone to mental lapses where he misses assignments, drops easy passes, and runs incorrect routes. He'll make some very good plays but nothing he has ever done equates to being a top tier TE. He's above average as a receiver, awful as a blocker, but most of all replaceable at all aspects.
"Top 15" or "top 10" without context is meaningless. Shonn Greene couldn't break tackles, and even when he had open holes, he NEVER outran the defense in 2011-12, he gained 1,000 yards the last two season because of opportunity, not skill.
Keller is an "above average" te, he's certainly not top 5 (Gronk, Witten, Graham, Gonzalez, Hernandez) but using the term "top 10" is misleading.
The difference between the following is all about potential, age, and blocking, and any of them could be top 10 next year
Antonio Gates, All have top 5 talent
Are all, roughly top 15 TEs. I'd say Keller is near the bottom of that pile, but it's hard since he's been hampered by an incredibly inaccurate QB. He's good enough, but he's nothing special.
Good riddance. Over-rated and not a guy who comes to play on every down. Kudos to our new GM for not getting suckered in.
@ArmandoSalguero: Dustin Keller says it came down to a choice between the Dolphins and the Jets.
I like Keller but I have to say they downgraded in FA here.
Greg M. Cooper, US Presswire
He missed Weeks 2-5 due to injury, but New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller is now healthy and available in many leagues.
by Staff and wire reports, USA TODAY
Published: 03/15/2013 04:06pm
After some early big-ticket spending, the Miami Dolphins wanted to do something a little closer to bargain shopping at tight end.
Following initial inquiries into Jared Cook and Martellus Bennett, the team signed former New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller to a one-year deal, according to a person informed of the agreement. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't yet been announced.
ESPN is reporting the contract is worth $4.25 million.
Cook signed with the St. Louis Rams and Bennett with the Chicago Bears.
Keller met with the Dolphins on Thursday and left without a deal, though both sides were open to continuing their communication. They proved it by striking a deal on Friday.
Keller's one-year deal is further proof players are taking short-term deals to reestablish their value in the hope of a bigger payday in a year or two when there's a higher salary cap.
In fact, Keller turned down a longer deal the Dolphins offered him during his initial visit Thursday, according to a person briefed on the negotiations. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the talks were to remain private, said the average per year on the long-term offer was roughly the same as on the one-year deal Keller eventually signed.
The shorter deal would allow Keller the chance to prove his worth after an injury-plagued 2012 season and the Dolphins get a player motivated to get that payday next year.
Another season like 2011 (65 catches, 815 yards and five touchdowns) would help in that regard.
Keller made a mistake by the sounds of it to me. Longer term deal with an average of 4.25. sounds like he thinks he can have a big year and then command a big deal but TE's are very interchangeable in this league.
Glad the Jets did not beat that offer.
Not that big of a loss. We'll grab sombody else along the way.Dustin Keller's are a dime a dozen.