Aug 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller (81) is carted off the field with an injury during the first half against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Miami Dolphins unlikely to re-sign Dustin Keller

When the Miami Dolphins signed tight end Dustin Keller last offseason, the team had high hopes for the type of target he’d be for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. But a serious knee injury ended Keller’s season before it could even really start, and his stint with the Dolphins looks to be very short lived.

According to blogger James Walker, the Dolphins are not expected to re-sign Dustin Keller both due to his knee injury and due to the rise of Charles Clay.

Charles Clay filled in very well and caught 69 passes. Clay did more than enough to prove he’s the starter in Miami. Clay and Keller’s major knee injury make Keller’s return to the Dolphins unlikely. Teams also could wait until it is late into free agency to see if Keller returns close to 100 percent.

This isn’t really surprising news but it does prove that Keller will be a tough sell in free agency. His knee isn’t 100 percent yet, and teams looking to sign him will likely be waiting until later in the summer to phone him up.

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