The Miami Dolphins spent lavishly this offseason to upgrade their weapons on the offensive side of the ball. They acquired Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs and signed Cedrick Wilson Jr. to bolster the wide receiver position. At running back, Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel were brought on.
The only position that didn’t see a major facelift was the tight end spot. Mike Gesicki received the franchise tag as the two sides were unable to work out a long-term deal. His contract is fully guaranteed for the 2022 season, but he may not be long for the team.
According to Doug Kyed of PFF, the Dolphins have actually been bringing up Gesicki to other teams as they could be looking to trade the fifth-year tight end. While this could just be due diligence by Miami, there are some signs that could point to him legitimately being available in trade.
His usage in the preseason could be a way for the Dolphins to showcase him for a trade. He played the entire first half in their second preseason game of the year against the Las Vegas Raiders. That usually isn’t a great sign for a player’s standing, especially when you take into consideration that the other starters who played in the game were subbed out well before that.
Gesicki is also experiencing a change in his role with the team this offseason. For the first four years of his career, he carried the tight end label, but he was deployed basically as a big wide receiver. This year, that has changed as Gesicki is playing more in-line and not spread out or in the slot.
Essentially learning a new position and becoming a true tight end could be having some hiccups. If he is not a good fit for new head coach Mike McDaniels’ offense, as he will be asked to block more, it makes sense that the Dolphins would gauge his value on the trade market.