Mike Gesicki of the Miami Dolphins is one of the top tight ends hitting free agency this spring.
To say Gesicki’s time in South Beach has been tumultuous would be a gross understatement. The Dolphins are as chaotic as they come. However, Gesicki has emerged as a go-to receiving target at tight end the last three seasons. Whether he was catching balls from Tua Tagovailoa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen or Jacoby Brissett, Gesicki found a way to be a productive player in Miami.
Here are five NFL teams that make the most sense to actively pursue Gesicki in his free agency.
Mike Gesicki: Top 5 landing spots in 2022 NFL free agency
Mike Gesicki could rise to prominence as Trevor Lawrence’s Duval safety valve
There is no way around it. The Jacksonville Jaguars have so many problems these days. Fortunately, they seem to have two of them solved, at least for the time being: Trevor Lawrence at quarterback and Doug Pederson coming in as their head coach. Lawrence was a generational talent coming out of Clemson last year. Pederson led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl win.
What will help the Jaguars possibly get out of their own way besides hiring an excellent head coach is two-fold: Using its bevy of draft capital wisely and making the most of its massive salary cap space. The Jaguars have the third-most available cap space in the league at over $56 million heading into the new league year. It might take a premium to get Gesicki to Duval, but why not try?
Though no-state income tax benefits do not apply for Gesicki potentially switching Florida allegiances in the AFC, he would be going to the better quarterback prospect in Lawrence over what he has had the last two years in Miami with Tagovailoa. If Gesicki thinks the 2023 Jaguars can be some variation of the 2017 Eagles, then he might sign up to play for the Black and Teal.
Jacksonville is a bad franchise, but adding a player like Gesicki in free agency could change things.