Keith Jackson, one of the NFL’s top tight ends, was traded Wednesday by the Miami Dolphins to the Green Bay Packers for a second-round choice in April’s draft.
The five-time Pro Bowl player wants a new contract before joining the Packers.
As part of the trade, the Dolphins returned to Green Bay a fourth-round draft pick acquired in the March 21 deal that sent Miami receiver Mark Ingram to the Packers.
Jackson, who turns 30 next month, is entering the final year of his contract. Agent Gary Wichard said Jackson will retire unless he signs a long-term deal.
“Keith is not going anywhere as a hired gun for one year,” Wichard said.
Negotiations with the Packers are likely.
Jackson was in Ghana on business and unavailable for comment.
Green Bay obtained Jackson and the 116th pick in the draft for the 53rd pick.
Jackson was a Pro Bowl selection in 1988-90 and 1992-93. He’s caught 388 passes for 4,636 yards and 38 touchdowns. Last season, he had 59 receptions for 674 yards and seven touchdowns.
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