Rumors surfaced in the offseason about the Miami Dolphins possibly looking to trade tight end Mike Gesicki. After all, he is playing on a one-year deal via the franchise tag and is being asked to fill a different role on offense.
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier revealed on Tuesday that Miami never made any calls, though.
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Grier made sure to clear everything up during his press conference. He explained that the Dolphins received two calls from teams asking about Gesicki, but the Dolphins never reached out to any teams themselves. Gesicki was always in their plans for 2022 and that remains true moving forward.
"So for us, it was never about moving him or us trying to. Teams called asking because he’s a good player."- GM Chris Grier on Gesicki trade rumors
Gesicki is being tasked with improving his blocking abilities in head coach Mike McDaniel's new offensive scheme. While he has always been treated as a big receiver in the past, Gesicki is adjusting fairly well. Grier said that the 26-year-old tight end has "stepped up" and "made some great strides in that area."
McDaniel mentioned that Gesicki is ignoring the noise, which is huge for a player entering a contract year. He may be headed to free agency in 2023, and another big statistical year would result in a big payday. Gesicki has posted 1,483 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 126 catches over the last two seasons combined.
Grier made it clear that in the end, he is going to take whatever phone call comes his way because "you never know what kind of deal someone's going to offer you on someone." For now, Gesicki will focus on trying to help the Dolphins reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016, as they currently have +142 odds to make the postseason on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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