3 Most Likely Trade Destinations for Mike Gesicki
Tight end Mike Gesicki has been rumored to be on the trade block for weeks. He is set to enter free agency next offseason after spending the 2022 season playing on the franchise tag. A lessened role in head coach Mike McDaniels' system makes the idea of Gesicki re-signing with Miami seem unlikely.
The Dolphins could opt to cut ties with the fifth-year pro for a trade package that helps compete for a Super Bowl title right away. Durham Smythe has shown flashes of potential this season, anyways. Here's a look at three of the most likely trade destinations for Gesicki ahead of the NFL deadline.
Mike Gesicki Trade Destinations
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers averaged an impressive 29.9 points per game in 2021 (No. 2 in NFL), but have seen that average drop to a dismal 17.7 points in 2022 (T-No. 26 in NFL). Quarterback Tom Brady is struggling to play consistently well and not having a veteran tight end as his safety valve is making a difference. He has thrived in the past with the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Benjamin Watson and Martellus Bennett. Those are big, strong TEs capable of going up and hauling in contested balls. Gesicki fits that mold to a tee and has logged 2,452 yard to go along with 16 touchdowns in five NFL seasons. He could be the jolt this offense is in desperate need of.
2. Tennessee Titans
The NFL trade deadline serves as an opportunity for contenders to fill out the weak spots on the roster in hopes of competing for a Super Bowl title. One glaring spot on the Titans' roster right now is the tight end position. Geoff Swaim, Austin Hooper and Chigoziem Okonkwo have combined for just 203 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 receptions this season. Meanwhile, Gesicki has tallied 197 yards and 3 touchdowns on 18 receptions of his own. The former Penn State standout is a red zone mismatch and would provide quarterback Ryan Tannehill with a reliable option near the goal line. Who knows, a taste of the postseason could drive Gesicki to re-sign in Tennessee next offseason as well.
3. Carolina Panthers
It's no secret that the Panthers do not have a tight end on the roster with the receiving talent that Gesicki possesses. Ian Thomas and Tommy Tremble are known for their blocking abilities more than anything else. Carolina shipped running back Christian McCaffrey to San Francisco last week, which garnered four draft picks in return. Draft picks are great for a rebuilding team, but using them to acquire young talent is even better. The Panthers could put together a worthwhile package for Miami with the hope of re-signing Gesicki to a long-term deal. After all, he logged over 500 receiving yards in three of his four NFL seasons. That's not too shabby.
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