The Miami Dolphins and tight end Mike Gesicki are “not expected” to reach an agreement on a new contract deal ahead of this Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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.