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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