Thursday, May 23, 2013

Keller reaffirms desire to be in Miami long-term


Dustin Keller made an annual trip to South Beach during his five years with the New York Jets and opted for a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins this offseason.

Keller, however, plans on making his next arrangement with the team a little longer. (photo: Billtacular, Flickr)

"This definitely is where I want to be for the long term, but I just want to prove that I'm better than last year," Keller said this week, via the team's website.

The veteran tight end hadn't missed a game through his first four years in the NFL but battled injuries throughout 2012, appearing in just eight games.

“Having an injury-plagued year, my worth wasn’t where I think it was at,” Keller said of his decision to sign a one-year prove-it contract rather than the multi-year deal Miami reportedly had on the table. “So I kind of took a gamble on myself and said I’m better than everybody thinks I am."

Keller found early success during his rookie season catching passes from Brett Favre and was was Mark Sanchez's go-to target the next three years. He averaged 53 catches and hauled in 15 touchdowns in Years 1-4 but caught just 28 passes for two touchdowns last year.

He's an upgrade from former Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano in the pass-catching department, and the team hopes its drafting of Dion Sims will help bolster the run-blocking efforts.

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