Miami’s franchised tight end Mike Gesicki and the Dolphins are not expected to reach agreement on a contract before Friday’s deadline for franchise players to sign, per sources. Gesicki is now set to play this season on his $10.9 million tag.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 14, 2022
Barring any notable change on this matter in the coming day, Gesicki will play the 2022 campaign on the $10.9 million franchise tag tender he signed in March. The Dolphins placed this one-year tender on the versatile tight end after having not come to terms with him on a multiyear extension agreement.
Over the past year, Dolphins team officials pushed to reach a resolution to this dilemma. Dolphins general manager Chris Grier recently noted that in the 2021 season, the two sides opened up talks about a possible new contract, but in the end, no such deal was agreed to.
Gesicki is coming off of a productive 2021 campaign where he recorded career highs in receiving yards (780) and receptions (73). He emerged as quite a reliable target for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa over the course of the season, which included his eight receptions and 115 receiving yards performance in Miami's Week 6 contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In the big picture, Tagovailoa is set to also rely upon both Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe at the tight end position this year. The two combined for 44 receptions last season.
For now, much attention for Gesicki and the rest of Miami’s offense is set on the start of the team’s training camp schedule later this month.