|12-28-2012, 12:45 AM||#1|
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Jets TE Dustin Keller Unsure If He'll Be Re-Signed, Hopes To Avoid Franchise Tag
This year, plagued by hamstring and ankle issues, Jets TE Dustin Keller played in just eight games, recording 28 catches. Before 2012, he's not sure if he ever missed a practice.
With those factors combining to set up an uncertain offseason -- including whether or not he'll return to the team -- he just wants to be healthy enough to play on Sunday, which is still up in the air. He hopes to join team drills Friday.
"Next year, there's no telling if I'm going to be here or be somewhere else," Keller said. "With that said, I'd definitely like to play in this last game if it's my last game as a Jet or if it's just my last game until next year's first game as a Jet. I'd like to play either way."
Keller, who will be an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, is eligible for the franchise tag if a deal is not reached by free agency, but does not want that to be an option.
"I 100 percent do not want to be franchised," Keller clarified in an e-mail. "I signed a five year deal, thatís what I agreed to. To make somebody play a one year deal to something they never agreed to is crazy to me. Itís not legal in any other business, so itís still, itís just crazy to me. So no, I definitely donít want to be franchised."
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