Would You Trade Dustin Keller?

Would you consider trading Dustin Keller this off-season? TOJ explores…

Whether there is any validity to the rumors that New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller is on the trade market remains to be seen. Most of the speculation likely stems from the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract and is entering a new offense that may not be an ideal fit for his skill set. Tony Sparano is expected to want a strong blocking tight end and Keller isn’t that and probably never will be. He is at his best when he is being moved around the formation to create mismatches because of his receiving skills.

The Jets have an extensive list of needs on both sides of the football, including right tackle, linebacker, safety, wide receiver, backup quarterback, and running back. A trade of Keller could go a long way to helping fill one of these needs.

All that being said, I do think the speculation about a Keller trade is overstated. When Sparano is breaking down the Jets tape from the past year he is going to see Keller as the Jets most productive and consistent receiver. His versatility can help cover for the deficiencies at wide receiver and are you really going to take away Mark Sanchez’s security blanket and the player he has the best chemistry with? If Sparano is a good coach, he will find a role…a big role for Keller in the Jets offense if he has him on the roster.

Keller isn’t an untouchable player. I would say the Jets only have four of those: Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, David Harris, and D’Brickashaw Ferguson. The right offer for Keller might not be able to be ignored. Would you trade Keller under any circumstance? What would it take for you to move him?

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Yemi

    No I would NOT trade Keller. It amazes me the type of trades & releases “delusional” Jets come up with and wonder why the team is in it’s current predicament. Prime Examples..

    1. People cried “Get rid of Kerry Rhodes”..(Rex did this off an emotional reaction not schematic) Result: You trade away your Best Cover safety, and the past two season wonder why we’re getting eating up in the middle of the field(i hoped we kept him BTW).

    2. Trade Vilma: Mangini was wrong in this. Good/great coaches put their players in ‘position’ to make plays and use their strengths (Ask Belichick).. Result; now people wonder why we still have no athletic LBs that can cover..

    & Finally 3. Mangini’s trade of John Abraham. This one mostly made me question mgmt.. one of the most underrated and dominate DEs in the game. (Better than Freeney, and I stamp this.. Freeney can’t play the run and only plays on passing downs) Results.. NO JETS pass rusher since 2005 season.. Brady was quotes as saying “Thank God” when the Jets traded him. Hmm I wonder why?!?!!?

    If you want Sanchez to excell stop hiring these rinky dink coaches that don’t know offense.. Get someone that can coach a QB “HOW TO BE A QB”.. how to read defenses.(Cause Mark can’t).
    Its annoying. get a QB coach.. go harder after Haley. or someone that has experience in that area. Look at the Packers, Panthers, Giants, Bengals. Saints. Why not go after the Saints QB coach.
    I mean C’mon!!!! get someone that is will to teach Mark the “Art of passing” and how to “read” defenses.. not just teach him a playbook…

  • Pam Saunders

    No way !!!!!1

  • Angelo

    I say keep Keller he has been a very good TE for the Jets in a long time, again just how much did the uglyness of the situration effect his play? I guess we have to till next season

  • Krumbz

    If you can get a 1st round pick in the 2012 draft for Keller, Then pull the trigger. Then trade up and get Trent richardson while able to still get a pass rusher in the 1st round. Suckchez is done in NY and getting rid Keller means the end for the mistake maker call Suckchez.

    Am I a Tebow fan, your damn right!

    There could only be one.