After a stellar season in 2021, Mike Gesicki is lined up to get a significant pay raise in 2022. The Dolphins’ tight end enjoyed a career year, stepping up as one of the lead pass-catchers in Miami. With a relatively weak tight end class set to hit the open market in free agency, Gesicki could end up with a lucrative new deal in brand a new city. It remains to be seen how aggressively the Dolphins plan to pursue the tight end, but after the year he had, there will be plenty of teams interested in bringing him aboard.

While technically a tight end, it’s worth noting that Gesicki operates as more of a wide receiver. A team looking for a key blocker at the tight end position may want to look elsewhere, but he could provide immense value to a franchise’s pass game. Last season, Gesicki caught 73 receptions for 780 yards and 2 touchdowns. While he wasn’t frequently in the end zone, he was a huge playmaker on offense, at a position where many teams lack depth.

With all that in mind, here are the three best landing spots for Mike Gesicki in 2022 NFL free agency.


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Mike Gesicki Free Agency Landing Spots

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars need to do everything in their power to move past the disastrous 2021 season, and the Urban Meyer era, and move forward in a positive manner with Trevor Lawrence. One key way to do that would to be supply Lawrence with as many weapons as possible. The Jaguars lacked production out of the tight end position last season. Dan Arnold led all Jaguars’ tight ends with 28 receptions on the year, showing that there is a clear need for an upgrade.

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Gesicki would be a perfect fit for the Jaguars, as he’s a skilled receiver that could help the development of Lawrence with his 6-foot-6 frame. The 26-year-old had more receptions than the entire Jaguars’ tight end corps combined last year, and had the same number of catches as Marvin Jones, who led the Jags with 73. If the Jaguars are serious about taking a big step in Doug Pederson’s first year at the helm, landing Gesicki would be a huge first move.

2. Arizona Cardinals

The addition of Zach Ertz proved to be a wise one for the Cardinals, but the veteran is set to hit free agency, and the team may not be so keen on signing him to a new deal given his age. If the Cardinals opt against bringing back Ertz, Gesicki would be an ideal replacement. Kyler Murray and Ertz developed a solid connection after the trade, but Gesicki could be a piece that develops alongside Murray for years to come.

With a player of Murray’s caliber throwing him the football, Gesicki would almost surely end the year with more than 2 touchdown receptions, and he could even surpass his impressive 73 receptions from the 2021 season, too. This a fit that makes sense for both parties, as Gesicki would get to join a team with serious Super Bowl aspirations while playing a key role in helping the team achieve that goal.

1. New York Jets

The Jets are all-in on Zach Wilson as the quarterback of the future, but the BYU product lacked weapons in his rookie season. Whether it be due to injury or a mere lack of depth and talent, the Jets failed to give Wilson enough to work with during his rookie season. Tight end, in particular, was a worry for the Jets, as Ryan Griffin and Tyler Kroft were their most productive players at the position.

The pair combined for just 43 receptions and 3 touchdowns on the season, while racking up less than 450 receiving yards. Those are numbers that would be considered disappointing from a starting-caliber tight end. The Jets’ just managed that level of production out of their top two tight ends combined, something that will desperately need to be addressed.

Despite having five early picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, pursuing Gesicki in free agency would be the Jets’ best plan of attack in order to address one of the most glaring needs on their roster.