MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01: Mark Sanchez #6 and Dustin Keller #81 of the New York Jets celebrate a touchdown during a game at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Quick thanks to GGNer itsjat for pointing this out. It appears that there are vague trade rumors about our very own TE Dustin Keller. Here is an article that mentions it. Keller has 65 catches for 815 yards on the year, and is Mark Sanchez's security blanket. Perhaps it is no coincidence that Jake Steinberg of SNY's www.thejetsblog.com noted the Jets were seen taking an interest in the tight ends (notably Michael Egnew out of Missouri) at the Senior Bowl today.
This, I feel, would be a disastrous move. I understand the Jets could probably get a good amount in a Keller trade, however it could have far reaching impact. At the beginning of the year, we saw the potential with our own two-TE sets in Keller and Jeff Cumberland. That was ruined when Cumberland tore his achilles and we saw more of Matt Mulligan. To remove Keller would put us even farther behind, relying on a relative rookie, Cumberland (we don't know how his achilles will fare), and a to-be-named tight end.
Not only that, but as I mentioned earlier, Sanchez and Keller have a fantastic relationship. He's the only receiver on the team that he truly has great chemistry with, and is a valuable security blanket. Removing Keller would be to destroy Sanchez's receiving corps for the fourth straight year. Every year he's had different receivers, yet the one constant was Keller. It would be a bad idea to rip that constant out.
In any case, let us know what you think in the comments below, if Keller should be traded, and what price he'll command.