Monday, March 18, 2013

What Dustin Keller Brings To The Table For The Dolphins

When Dustin Keller decided to depart New York to sign with division rival Miami, Dolphins fans were generally encouraged with the move. He was the latest in a number of signings for the Dolphins as Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler already joined the squad. So what can Keller bring to Miami for at least one season?

While Wallace is a huge signing for the Dolphins as far as a receiver goes, Keller will provide second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill with another weapon to utilize. Having a solid tight end to compliment Wallace and Brian Hartline is huge for a guy just now coming into his own. All three of these players have speed, as Keller himself has evolved into one of the quickest tight ends in the NFL. His ability in the red zone will make Miami (and fantasy football) fans happy as well.

The Dolphins were also able to obtain Keller for a reasonable price of just $4.25 million. He comes off of a year in which he was Mark Sanchez’s top target for the Jets. He was originally searching for a long-term deal, but he came to terms instead with Miami on a one-year deal. Without a doubt, he will be playing for a long-term contract possibly next season.

With Anthony Fasano on his way to Kansas City, Keller without question enters 2013 as the top tight end for the Dolphins. Charles Clay and Michael Egnew will probably also receive quite a bit of time there, but they will be complimentary pieces at most. Overall, this seems like a pretty nice fit for both Keller and the Dolphins. The best part is that if the experiment doesn’t work as planned, the player and team can go in their different ways.
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