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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Keller perplexed, but hopeful

By Rich Cimini

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The Jets have a history of locking up core players before they enter the final year their rookie contracts -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis and Mark Sanchez (two years left).

Dustin Keller wonders why he's not one of those guys.

The former first-round pick is entering the last year of his contract, but there have been no substantive talks.

"I would hope they would (sign me this summer)," the tight end said Saturday after practice. "Look at their history. But that's their choice. Obviously, it would be good to get a contract."

The Jets' plan is to let him play out the deal, allowing them to evaluate how he fits into Tony Sparano's offense. If they like what they see, they can always sign him after the season or slap him with the franchise tag.

Keller would rather not play out the current deal.

"I hope not," he said. "If I do, it is what it is and we'll go from there. Now the focus is on the season."