Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jets reportedly set to meet with Dustin Keller's agent


The New York Jets have already begun trimming some salary fat off their roster, and there's much more of that to come between future cuts and soon-to-be free agents.

But the Jets are apparently still trying to make things work with a few key players on the bubble. (photo: Billtacular, Flickr)

According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, the team plans to meet with impending free agent Dustin Keller's agent later this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Keller missed eight games last season to various injuries, but when healthy over the past four years, he was quarterback Mark Sanchez's go-to target. And, as Cimini points out, Keller's value in Marty Mornhinweg's tight-end friendly West Coast system is relatively high.

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If the Jets can't work out a deal but still want him around another year, they have the option of franchise-tagging him, which would cost them just under $6 million in 2012.

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