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Here's Why Mike Gesicki Hasn't Signed Long-Term Deal With Dolphins

Larry Rupp
Here's why tight end Mike Gesicki hasn't signed a long-term deal with the Miami Dolphins.
Here's why tight end Mike Gesicki hasn't signed a long-term deal with the Miami Dolphins. / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

NFL players across the league are being franchise tagged before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline, and that includes tight end Mike Gesicki of the Miami Dolphins. The two sides can continue working on a long-term deal, but there may be a major snag in negotiations. Gesicki doesn't see himself as a traditional TE moving forward.

Mike Gesicki Franchise Tag

Gesicki believes he should be paid like a slot wide receiver, instead. That may sound a bit over the top to some NFL fans, but there's a reason behind the four-year pro's request. Gesicki lined up as a receiver on nearly 85% of his offensive snaps in 2021 and was rarely utilized as a blocker.

The former Penn State standout has become one of Miami's top targets in the passing game since getting drafted in 2018. Gesicki posted a career-high 780 receiving yards this past fall and rarely struggles with drops. In fact, he owns a catch percentage mark of 62.6% across 64 games played.

The next step in Gesicki's quest to be paid what he deserves is likely filing a grievance in an attempt to earn the extra money. The franchise tag for a TE pays out $10.9 million in 2022, while it pays a WR $18.4 million. Of course, that is assuming he doesn't sign a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline first.

Surrounding young quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with offensive weapons should be a top priority for the Dolphins' front office this offseason. The 24-year-old already knows what Gesicki brings to the table, which makes sorting out the financial side of the matter a pressing need.

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