Foxborough, Mass. – The new England Patriots Free agent has agreed to one-year deal with tight end Mike Gesicki It could be worth up to $9 million, sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates.
Gesicki will pair up with veteran hunter henry to give the Patriots a tight end pairing the team hoped it was getting when it signed Henry and jonnu smith Big money deals in 2021 free agency. Team Smith atlanta falcons on Monday for a seventh-round draft pick.
Gesicki was recruited to Penn State by new Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien in 2014 and committed to the school. But O’Brien soon left to coach the team. houston texans, while Gecicki stayed at Penn State. Now they are reunited in New England.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long admired Gecicki, saying in recent years: “He’s a tough guy to cover. Tall. Clever route runner. He can get down the field. Very good hands. Some acrobatic moves.” Makes catches, has enough quickness to isolate. He’s actually, I would say, a bigger receiver than a true tight end, but he works that spot a little bit.”
Coming off a career season in 2021, Gecicki had a sharp statistical decline in 2022 as he was unable to fit into new Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel’s offensive scheme, which requires efficient blocking from tight ends.
Gecicki, 27, caught just 32 passes for 362 yards — his lowest totals in both categories since his 2018 rookie season — while seeing action on just 451 offensive snaps after losing his starting job. durham smithe As a comparison late in training camp, Gesicki caught 73 passes for 780 yards — both career highs — on 784 offensive snaps in 2021.
Gecicki plays the 2022 season – his fifth with the Dolphins – at a franchise tag of $10.931 million.
His 6-foot-6 frame – and his ability to slot or flex out wide – presents a size advantage over defensive backs and a speed advantage over the linebackers who cover him.
In five seasons, Gecicki, a second-round pick, had 231 receptions for 2,617 yards – an average of 11.3 yards per catch – and 18 touchdowns.
ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques and Matt Bowen contributed to this report.