Mike Gesicki had an eventful offseason between the Miami Dolphins, who gave him the franchise tag, and his now-wife, Halle, who made him their franchise player.
Now, after his March 4 wedding, a married man, the Dolphins have also tied the knot with Gesicki for at least one more season set the tight end of this franchise tag four days later.
Being tagged isn’t ideal for NFL players looking for long-term contracts with plenty of guaranteed money over multiple seasons in the prime of their careers, but it does get Gesicki a hefty payday of at least $10.9 million this season, the value of the day the tight end position.
“They obviously get a raise for financial purposes and all that stuff,” Gesicki said Wednesday as the Dolphins are midway through their second week of the offseason training program.
“It’s obviously not the goal, the be-all and end-all. Goal. It’s definitely more team-friendly than player-friendly. But just giving me more reasons to come back here, keep working hard and keep being motivated and getting back to work and helping this team win football games and hopefully eventually get what I deserve to move forward.
Understanding that he would likely be labeled with the franchise tag, Gesicki focused more on the wedding and honeymoon than negotiations in the period from the end of the Miami season to free agency.
“I wasn’t even worried about the contract,” said Gesicki. “I was in Bora Bora on my honeymoon, and it’s like a six-hour time difference. It was 3am, my agent was texting me. He says, ‘Hey, they tag you.’ … I said, ‘Okay.’ I also had like 100 other text messages because I overslept it. …Rolled over, checked my phone and knew it had happened, woke Halle up, she was all excited and went back to sleep.”
Questions remain as to whether Gesicki will appeal the tight end designation, given that he lined up more as a wide receiver than an inline tight end in either the slot or the border. The franchise tag value for a recipient is $18.4 million, a $7.5 million difference from the tight end tag. If such an appeal is filed, the two sides often meet midway through arbitration, which means Gesicki could then get around $14 million.
Gesicki wouldn’t delve deep into the situation on Wednesday, but he offered any development – or lack thereof – wouldn’t keep him off the field.
“I mean, I definitely play. I’m in OTAs here. It’s optional, of course, so I’m here,” said Gesicki. “I want to do everything I can to help this team win football games. … I’m not really a big controversy guy. 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’s in the headlines for the wrong reasons.”
Even under a new attacking coaching staff, Gesicki finds himself in a situation where run-blocking, a well-known weakness in his game during his first four seasons, can be accentuated in the outside zone scheme.
“It’s definitely a different scheme than what we played in, but at the end of the day, football is football,” said Gesicki. “These coaches are elite at what they do and I think they will empower people to be successful.”
Though Gesicki notes that he and 49ers All-Pro tight end George Kittle are different players, he’s encouraged by what new coach Mike McDaniel and tight ends coach Jon Embree were able to accomplish with Kittle in San Francisco.
And Gesicki was enjoying his first taste of McDaniel after three seasons under Flores and with Adam Gase at the helm in his rookie season.
“Funny guy. I had a meeting with him last week and it went well. Just talk about everything,” said Gesicki. “I look forward to playing for him and working for him and doing whatever it takes to earn his trust.”
Gesicki is also enthusiastic about the prospects of the offensive with one revised offensive lineRunning game and playmaker on the outside, led by the take on speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
Nonetheless, the off-season move that excited him most was the signing of good friend and close colleague Durham Smythe, a moment he – jokingly – placed right next to his wedding.
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