The expectation with tight finish Mike Gesicki this offseason is now actuality. His time with the Miami Dolphins has come to an finish.
Gesicki is departing in free company to hitch the New England Patriots, he advised the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday morning. The gifted 6-foot-6 pass-catcher’s new contract is for one 12 months and $9 million.
That was a value the Dolphins had been unlikely to pay after Gesicki and coach Mike McDaniel’s offense, during which blocking on the tight finish place is paramount, didn’t mesh.
“We always say, ‘Never say never,’ around anything,” Dolphins common supervisor Chris Grier not too long ago stated of Gesicki, when talking on the NFL scouting mix, “however he’s earned the proper [to be a free agent] and I’m certain he’s excited to see what his free company choices are.
“I don’t know what his price range would be, but he’s been a good player in the league. He’s been a productive player, and I’m sure he’ll have some suitors.”
Although Grier additionally stated, in his communication with McDaniel, that the coach can work with any sort of tight finish, it was clear that Gesicki’s blocking deficiencies had been chopping into his enjoying time with the Dolphins in 2022. The three lowest in-game snap counts in his profession (9 at San Francisco and 12 apiece at Buffalo and versus Green Bay) all occurred in December of final season.
Gesicki’s 32 receptions and 362 receiving yards had been each his lowest regular-season totals since his rookie season in 2018. He nonetheless rating 5 touchdowns final 12 months, including a sixth within the playoff loss in opposition to the Bills.
Gesicki performed the 2022 season on the franchise tag for the Dolphins after his 2021 marketing campaign during which he established profession highs of 73 catches and 780 yards.
The Penn State grad and New Jersey product was chosen within the second spherical, choose No. 42, by Miami within the 2018 draft. Later in the identical draft, the Dolphins selected fellow tight finish Durham Smythe, who’s now certain to be Miami’s longest-tenured offensive participant on the roster.
Along with Smythe, the Dolphins have 2022 undrafted rookie Tanner Conner returning at tight finish. They are also signing Eric Saubert as a free agent from the Denver Broncos. Miami launched Cethan Carter and traded Hunter Long within the transfer that netted star cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Now, Gesicki can be enjoying in opposition to the Dolphins twice a 12 months as a member of the AFC East rival Patriots, who had been trying to find offensive firepower. He is reunited with former Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker, who was traded to New England final offseason. He joins Hunter Henry to doubtlessly kind a prime tight finish duo within the NFL for quarterback Mac Jones going into his third 12 months. New England traded former tight finish Jonnu Smith to the Falcons and added wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster in free company.
Gesicki went by way of the ultimate season of coach Adam Gase’s tenure on the helm for the Dolphins, three seasons of Brian Flores and the primary 12 months of McDaniel.
Days after the postseason elimination in western New York, Gesicki launched a considerate message on Twitter that had the seems of a farewell put up.
“I didn’t even know I was making memories, I was just having fun,” Gesicki, wrote, reflecting on his 5 seasons with the Dolphins. “No telling what the future holds, just control what you can control. Everyone that knows me knows I would stay in South Florida forever, time will tell. No matter what and no matter where, the show goes on.”