Mike Gesicki has an important season on the horizon.
The Miami Dolphins’ tight end is set to play under the franchise tag in a new offense in 2022, which could help determine whether he receives a lucrative, long-term contract extension with the Dolphins.
The franchise tag, as deceptively flattering as the term is, isn’t ideal for NFL players who want the most guaranteed money over multiple seasons. It’s essentially a one-year contract, but it nets Gesicki a whopping $10.9 million in that one season, as it’s worth making for tight ends.
Gesicki doesn’t want to do anything disruptive to the team about his contract status, as the Dolphins are almost a week into training camp.
“It’s a business. The team will do what’s best for the team,” he said after Saturday’s practice, the team’s fourth training camp session and first in front of fans. “I’m not a big complainer about it, its Make a great deal about. It’s like, people who do get a lot of money, so maybe I should have. I should keep coming to work, do what I’m doing.”
Gassicki would be the first Dolphins to play on the franchise tag since 2013, when defensive tackle Randy Stark did. Since, Charles Clay (2015), defensive end Olivier Vernon (2016) and wide receiver Jarvis Landry (2018) were tagged in Miami, but did not make it to those fall seasons with the team.
“we try to [express] At least 10 million reasons he likes that,” Dolphins new coach Mike McDaniel quipped Saturday when asked if he thinks he needs to make sure he’s showing gassy love. The key seems to be to talk to the player – in my experience – to talk openly to the player, to understand his position. I quickly talked to Mike and said, ‘Hey, listen. This is something that is best for dolphins.’
“It’s a business, so if you look at it like, ‘Okay, that’s it this year; let’s use it, and here are your goals and accept it,’ and it becomes a blip in the radar. Is.
Moving on last offseason, Gasicki and defensive end Emmanuel Ogba were the team’s two key imminent free agents on the 2021 roster. Ogbah also faced uncertainty, but with Geskey getting the tag, it opened things up for Ogbah, eventually getting his four-year, $65 million deal with the Dolphins to get his free agency open to outside teams. Was.
Ogba actually first heard about Geskey’s franchise tag from Geskey himself, letting him know the defensive end was probably good news.
“He was like, ‘You’re welcome.’ That’s what he told me,” said Ogba. “Mike is a good friend. I’m rooting for him. I hope he gets what he deserves. Going there to prove something this year.”
Gesicki will certainly be motivated in 2022 to see if building on a career-high 73 receptions for 780 yards in 2021 will lead him to that long-term deal next off-season. But now he also has to fit into a new scheme with new pass catchers around him.
Sure, there should be plenty of opportunities for Gassicki in the middle, or with a short defender on him to make competitive catches as McDaniel’s system creates confusion and sets up friendly matchups. Receivers Tyrek Hill, Jaylen Waddell and Cedric Wilson will eat up a slew of goals, however, Chase can drive Edmonds back from the backfield as a dynamic pass catcher. Will this limit the number of Gesiki?
Through four training camp exercises, Geskey hasn’t seen many goals in 11-on-11 work. Looks like their alignment will change. After spending more snaps in either the wide or slot than last season’s traditional tight end post, Gesicki said he was only in in-line position on Saturday.
With the wide-zone plan a key component of McDaniel’s offense, Gesicki must prove he’s a capable run blocker, something he hasn’t been asked to do much in four NFL seasons.
“Everyone knows that his ball skills and range are excellent. It helps isolate defenders,” McDaniel said. “He wants to attack blocking with a different seriousness than before, and he’s lucky and we’re lucky to have – guess what – the coach of his position. John Embry, won’t do anything less. All those things are something he’s definitely embracing, and I’m excited to see what it looks like when it’s all said and done. ,
Gesicki reflected that mindset with his comments on Saturday, though the blocking aspect will come to light more as the Dolphins go deep into camp when the full pads come in.
“To play in the pass game in this offense, you have to play in the run game as well,” he said. “Keep working on it every single day and improving. You have to play with the pads and finally do it on Sundays.
“You have to understand the plan, what you are dealing with, the footwork, the hand placement. Many things go into it. Certainly this season I am pushing for myself a lot more than any other season here. ,
It may also benefit Gassicki that he has spent time with 49ers tight end George Kittel during the off-season Tight & You program, choosing to help his brain fit McDaniel’s offense into their shared position.