Mike Gesicki’s contract status and busy offseason

It was quite the offseason for Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki, and the highlight was his wedding to girlfriend Halle and his honeymoon in Bora Bora.

It was while in Bora Bora that Gesicki learned from his agent that the Dolphins were putting the franchise tag on him before he was ready to enter the free agent market.

The Dolphins’ perfect wedding gift, however, would have been a long-term extension.

There’s still time to do that because the deadline for franchise players to sign extensions is July 15, and that’s clearly what Gesicki wants — that’s pretty much what any pending free agent wants, as opposed to franchising.

“I mean, I don’t think anyone in the league would be mad at a situation where you can come back, obviously you get an increase in financial goals and all that kind of stuff,” Gesicki said. “It’s not obviously not the goal, the ultimate ultimate goal. It’s definitely more team friendly than it is for the players. But just giving me more reason to come back here, keep working hard and keep being motivated and get back to work and help this team win some football games and hopefully finally get what I deserve moving forward.

Gesicki focused on the present

As much as he wants that long-term deal, Gesicki is ready to attack the present — and it started with him signing the tag and showing up for the voluntary offseason program.

“I mean, I’m definitely playing,” Gesicki said. “I’m here in the OTAs. It’s obviously optional, so I’m here. I want to do everything I can to help this team win football games. I’ve been here for four years. In the last two years, we were the last team eliminated at the end of the regular season in terms of the playoffs.

“Whatever it takes to get out there and win games, win a playoff game, get back out there and move this city in the right direction. It’s been a long time. But obviously it’s a long process and a lot of “We’re a long way from that right now, but obviously there’s excitement. But all 32 teams are excited. It’s in April.”

The franchise tag number for tight ends was just over $10.9 million for 2022, and that’s the salary Gesicki will receive this season absent a long-term contract.

It’s quite an upgrade to Gesicki’s rookie contract after he was a second-round pick in 2018, which netted him $6.6 million over four years, according to spotrac.com.

It’s also not quite the $18.4 million Gesicki would have received had he been named as a wide receiver for franchise tag purposes, although his agent is expected to contest his job designation — and he might have a case given how often he’s lined up in the slot — he wasn’t leaving on Wednesday.

“Right now I’m here and I’m not really a controversial guy,” Gesicki said. “I’m not trying to be the guy who’s the bad locker room guy, or the guy who brings down the organization or the guy who hits the headlines for the wrong reasons. I’m just trying to help this team in every way possible. fifth year.”

How and where Gesicki discovered he had been tagged

While the timing of his honeymoon was certainly less than ideal — imagine Gesicki becoming a free agent early in the market — the tight end explained he never thought of it when he and Halle got together. engaged in July 2020 because he thought he would have his extension by then.

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But Gesicki wasn’t going to let his wedding and honeymoon take a back seat this offseason.

“It was crazy,” he said. “I mean, I had a lot of fun this offseason. A lot of the attention wasn’t football related. A lot of the focus was on the wedding, the honeymoon and all that kind of stuff. things, and I made sure Halle knew that it was all about the wedding and the honeymoon. I wasn’t even worried about the contract. It was great. It was great. It was everything. than I could have imagined.

“I was in Bora Bora for my honeymoon and it’s like a six hour jet lag. It was 3am, my agent texted me. He’s like, hey, they’re tagging you. I turned around in the middle of the night, checked my phone, got a text from my agent and was like, OK, I also got about 100 more texts because I slept. and I knew it had happened. I woke Halle up, she was all excited and went back to sleep.

The probability of a Gesicki extension

Whether the Dolphins will decide to sign Gesicki to a long-term deal remains a bit of a mystery, although the fact that they haven’t done so so far could be telling.

And maybe the team spending a third-round pick on tight end Hunter Long in the 2021 draft was also an indication.

It’s not like the Dolphins haven’t given extensions to third-year players before — they did with Jerome Baker and Jason Sanders last year.

With the return of not just Gesicki but his good friend Durham Smythe, the Dolphins are back with the same five tight ends they had on the 2021 roster — Adam Shaheen, Cethan Carter and Long are the others.

Exactly how long the Dolphins will carry five tight ends, an unusually high number, especially after fullbacks return to the roster, is an unanswered question at this point.

And the use of a third-round pick on Long just a year ago seemed to suggest that the core of the group could change at some point and left Gesicki’s long-term status a bit uncertain, especially given of the absence of an extension before his fourth year. like the Dolphins did for Jerome Baker and Jason Sanders.

But that’s a matter to be settled later.

Now that he’s back in South Florida and about to wrap up the first phase of the Dolphins’ offseason program, Gesicki’s focus is once again on football.

And that’s where it’s going to stay, rather than the possibility of a long-term contract.

“I’m absolutely open to negotiation, but not really me, because a lot of things aren’t,” Gesicki said. “I’m just kind of following the flow. If they reach out, my agent will listen.

“It’s up to them to decide honestly. I have a good relationship with (GM Chris Grier) and (Senior VP Brandon Shore), and this new coaching staff might have something to do with it. I am not sure. I don’t really have all the answers, but I know the kind of person I am and the hardworking person I am. I’m just going to go back and keep doing what I’m doing, keep improving and making plays and helping this team win football games and possibly get compensated for it.

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