Tight end Mike Gesicki has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $9 million, according to multiple sources.
Gesicki, 27, had played with the Miami Dolphins his entire career. He has recorded 231 receptions, 2,617 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in five seasons.
Gesicki is a pure tight end who fell out of favor in Miami because of his issues as a blocker. But you can see why the Patriots wanted him on a reasonable one-year deal. They probably feel like they’re getting a discount for a guy who could, on a better-fitting team, be one of the best tight ends in the league. In that regard, Gesicki serves more as a backup receiver Jacob Meyerswho signed with the Raiders as a free agent, than for TE Jonnu Smith, whom the Patriots traded to Atlanta.
Gesicki is ranked No. 27 on FOX Sports’ list of the top 50 NFL free agents.
A dangerous receiver when used in the slot in 2021, Gesicki fit terribly in Mike McDaniel’s offense. It has to come out Miami and in the right system, and could be good for 50 catches and 700 yards.
The Dolphins selected Gesicki in the second round of the 2018 draft out of Penn State.
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