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Dustin Keller to Turn to New York Giants Looking for a Contract?

March 15th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

After leaving the Miami Dolphins without a contract on Thursday, free agent tight end Dustin Keller might be feeling a bit anxious. It's for that reason his agent will likely reach out to teams like the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and New York Giants in an effort to spark interest in his client. In fact, the Miami Herald reports that's it's more than likely; it's their "understanding" that's exactly what's going to happen.

The alleged reason Keller and the Dolphins couldn't come to an agreement is because Keller is looking for a contract similar to the one Jared Cook just got (five-years, $35.11 million). Essentially, he's looking for $7 million annually and the Dolphins weren't willing to pay it.

News flash: the Giants won't pay that either.

After letting Martellus Bennett take off to the Chicago Bears on a four-year, $20 million deal, it's clear the Giants aren't looking to invest big numbers in a tight end. They are more than confident in the combination of Adrien Robinson and Bear Pascoe, so Keller would have to come down on his price by about $5 million annually before the Giants would even consider him. And we all know that's not happening.

At the end of the day (royalties to Antrel Rolle), Keller's agent is merely trying to create a market for his client by involving teams who, on the surface, appear to have a need at tight end. Chances are however, the Giants aren't going to bite or play along in this little game, so don't expect anything else to come from the Keller situation unless he miraculously drops his high demands.

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15 Responses to “Dustin Keller to Turn to New York Giants Looking for a Contract?”

  1.  The Original G Man says:

    When the music stops, the Giants will take a look around to see who is still standing, and add a capable TE to a modest vet minimum contract.

    •  JimStoll says:

      nothing to the Keller rumor, although he is a nice receiver
      rumor is that Mike Pope is working hard to convert David Diehl to TE

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    I don’t know how much stock to put in it, but I distinctly recall Jerry Reese being very complimentary about Larry Donnell last season. He may have just been blowing smoke, but who knows …

    •  JimStoll says:

      whether he turns out to be proven right, I think when JR says he likes and believes in a player he means it
      that’s why he sticks so long with guys like, Moss, Barden, Beckum, Wilkerson — guys who by all rights should have been cut after a couple of seasons
      the current guy in the bucket is Jernigan
      so if JR says he likes Larry donnell (who?), I believe him
      whether LD ever plays a product down remains to be seen

      •  The Original G Man says:

        Yeah, I get the same impression with Reese. In my opinion, the guy’s a straight shooter.

  3.  BillyS says:

    I think this is his agent trying to get more money out of someone like the Dolphins. Keller is a good TE, but I don’t think he’s a good fit. He’s not the best blocker and he’s not exactly tall. Eli uses his TE as a security blanket and, as much as I love Eli, he does tend to miss up when he’s rushing a throw. Over the years we’ve seen some great catches by Boss, Ballard, and Bennett. They had a lot more height than Keller has. I think Keller can be great in the right system, but just don’t feel he’s right for this team at all. We *need* a bigger target, literally, and will also need someone capable of blocking.

    Normally I’m not too thrilled to lean on rookies and inexperienced players right away, but I just get a good vibe from Robinson and Donnell. The coaching staff and front office seem to be very high on each. We probably could have kept Bennett cheaper than the $20ish mil he got, but I feel that they were confident in what we already had. Robinson may not be too much bigger than Keller (like 2 or 3 inches), but his athleticism makes him play like a bigger target. Same goes for Donnell (who seems to have a bigger frame). I’m just not a huge Keller fan. He’s a good player, but I don’t feel he fits this team well.

    •  JimStoll says:

      plus we just don’t value the TE the way many teams do
      several years ago we passed on Gonzales when all we had was Boss
      Keller is closer to Beckum than he is to Bennett
      Our TE’s are linemen first, and ponderous WR’s second, who thrive on being so slow and un-athletic that teams forget to cover them

      Bennett was different athletically (both a good blocker and a good to perhaps very good receiver), but letting him walk tells you all you need to know about the value of athletic receiving TE’s in the Giant offense as created at the University of Gilbride

  4.  Krow says:

    Everyone is just being polite. If we were going to invest money in a TE we’d have signed TBU.

  5.  jfunk says:

    I’m sure JR would be happy to sign Dustin….for 1yr/940K.

  6.  rlhjr says:

    It is often this time of year that is the absolute worse for a fan. And a quick reality check should reveal to us all that the frustration and angst comes from one thing. Admit it or not, we mostly get involved with what other teams are doing in comparison to our team.

    Free agents who got signed, who left? God forbid a player leave your team and sign with another. In the case of Phillips, Smith, MARK BAVARO for God’s sake.
    Hell, the Giants lost two rather good defensive tackles to the Redskins.
    Albeit the skins was mostly a respectful rivalry but Coefiled is a pretty good DT.

    A deep breath and hot cup of coffee is enough to snap out of it. None of the players who leave will have staggering negative effect on this team.
    Thats because their leaving is hardly ever a total surprise. We may feel the GM or owner has been blindsided. But the job of a GM is to work out the counters to moves players might make. Perhaps the only unpredictable facet of this game is injury. Injury is a fact of NFL live that still blindsides everyone. Certainly when injury strikes in football, all kinds of red flags go up.
    The GM may not wave them, but they are duly noted.

    Months ago I posted that Kenny Phillips might be gone. And I do believe I added that his knees were going to be an issue going forward.
    The ball club was prepared for that event and the proof is Will Hill.
    This scouting department went out and found a kid who is physically ready to play. And because this was a chance for Hill to recover part of his life that he thought was gone, his motivation is beyond question. Hill s ready.
    And for those of us who can’t see it, Will Hill is a marvelous football player. Don’t take my word for it, just watch who gets to start at safety alongside Role.

    The same can be said for Bennett and other players who for one reason or another leave. Because the possibility of a player any player leaving has to have been considered by the GM along with the appropriate measured response.

    Jerry Reese and Marc Ross have selected ball players in the belief that they can develop into solid players. And although some (I have) trivialize their efforts in scouting and finally selecting players as a crap shoot. I ‘am here to say there is a large void between a crap shoot and an informed decision.

    No, these guys and their associate scouts know a good player when they see one. In many cases they understand how to look at a seemingly unremarakable individual and make projections. That’s because professional scouts live and breathe this stuff. Are they ever dead wrong? You bet your **** they are. It’s part of the job that’s always haunting them. Because at stake is their livelihood.

    We see video, mostly favorable clips strung together to attract attention. Reese, Ross and company see it real time, live and in living color.
    THEY KNOW THE DEAL.

    Is possible for layman to see and understand athletic talent as it applies to professional football or any other pro sport? Of course, it is and it happens often. It’s a byproduct of either having played, coached or simply watching with intent and attention to detail. But to see the subtleties in person and while live plays are developing? No brother, that takes experience and tutoring……and years of it.

    When laymen see talent in a player, (I still remember seeing Don Mattingly first game against Texas on the road, and thinking holly $7|+ this guy can play.) But daaaa…. He was with the big club, and you would have to be Stevland Morris to miss his understanding the strike zone and how he simply destroyed the ball when it entered said zone. Those with talent usually jump out at you. If you are even remotely familiar with the particular game being played, you know it.

    This is not fan boy $h|+. Because I would be the first to tell you that no one in the Giant scouting department could tell you what an all pro linebacker even looks like. I would most likely be dreadfully wrong. But I reserve the right to **** about it all I want. Such is life LOL. Yeah, they piss me off sometimes.

    This much is for sure; it’s not what “OTHER” teams are doing that counts.
    It’s what YOUR team is doing. And try hard not to compare the Giants business against what goes on in Dula$$, Filthadelphia or the nations “lower case”. Number one, where have they been over the last 10 years or so? Number two, what works for this team often will not work for the other guys physically or financially.

    If you are trying to find a silver lining you have to look at the young players and hope they get an opportunity to prove their worth. They won’t get that chance watching, they have to play. This ball club understands which of them is ready. I am pretty sure if they had no promise, they would not be here.
    And you can book that. So despite our concerns and worry, it’s all about one simple tenet:

    NO GOOD GM WILL EVER LET A GAME CHANGING PLAYER WALK OVER MONEY UNLESS THAT GM KNOWS THAT ANOTHER PLAYER OF EQUAL OR BETTER TALENT IS EITHER ON HIS ROSTER, OR SOON WILL BE.

    If your GM doesn’t operate under those rules, he’s not much of a GM and will not be employed very long. Also, Reese draws a line which he will not cross. It’s business it’s principal and it’s financially fair. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. That is the pure and simple truth.

    I don’t want to have to tell you BTCHS again, ya hear me? Now loosen up. LOL

  7.  Chad Eldred says:

    Dustin Keller has always done a very good job of convincing people that he is much better than he is. The jig is up. Nice player? Yes. Top tier TE worth 7 million a year? Not even close.

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