Dustin Keller Agrees to 1-Year Deal with Miami Dolphins

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2013

The Miami Dolphins continue to add weapons to their passing game for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Their latest move, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, was agreeing to a one-year contract with tight end Dustin Keller

At just 28 years old, Keller is still in the prime of his career. Coming off an injury-plagued season in 2012 in which he played in just eight games, the Dolphins were able to get him on a short deal.

For Keller, the one-year deal also makes sense because if he is able to re-establish his value this season, he'll enter the market next season at the age of 29 and still be in line for a big payday. 

Prior to 2012, Keller was one of the better tight ends in the NFL. He was the best pass-catcher for the Jets and one of Mark Sanchez's favorite targets. He racked up 213 catches and 2,559 yards with 15 touchdowns from 2008-11. 

Because of injuries, Keller had just 28 catches, 317 yards and two touchdowns in eight games last season. 

Keller was also targeted 376 times during his first four seasons. He was the safety net for Sanchez and will be able to play that same role for the Dolphins, who have been very busy this offseason. 

In addition to the signing of Keller, the Dolphins kicked off the free-agent season by re-signing wide receiver Brian Hartline (h/t Associated Press via New York Times). They followed that up by signing Mike Wallace, the best deep threat in the NFL, to be their home run hitter down the field. 

Tannehill had a solid rookie season, especially when you consider the talent he had to throw to, but there is plenty of room for growth. If the pieces come together like the Dolphins believe they will, suddenly this offense could be formidable in the AFC East. 

The New England Patriots are still the class of the AFC East, but the Dolphins could challenge their throne in 2013.