The Miami Dolphins signed free agent tight end Dustin Keller during last year's free agency spending spree, only to see his knee get shredded in the preseason against the Houston Texans. Having only signed a one-year contract, Keller is once again a free agent this year. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Keller is starting to visit teams, hoping to prove his knee, despite having torn all three ligaments in it, is ready for NFL action.
Dolphins free-agent TE Dustin Keller is visiting the Patriots today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2014
Where would a former New York Jets and Dolphins player start his visits? With the New England Patriots, of course. Keller has agreed to a physical with the Patriots, though no word on a contract offer or preliminary deal has been reported.
Keller will turn 30 at the start of the season this year, and is coming off the devastating knee injury. The 2012 season, his final one with the Jets, was shortened due to groin and ankle injuries, with Keller missing eight games that year, the first games he had missed in his career.
Keller has caught 241 career passes for 2,876 yards with 17 touchdowns. He was the Jets' first round pick in 2008 and is a solid route-running tight end, who can block when needed.
The Dolphins could still be interested in Keller, though the team has been rumored to have interest in Jermichael Finley this offseason. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Finley had an x-ray on his surgically repaired neckthis week, with an MRI and CT-scan to follow, hoping to receive clearance to play in 2014. If he does not receive that clearance this week, he would again undergo the tests 6-8 weeks from now.
For more on the Patriots' interest in Keller, check out Pats Pulpit.