“I’m not really a big controversy guy”

Mike Gesicki
Mike Gesicki

The Miami Dolphins placed the franchise tag on tight end Mike Gesicki in early March. It was a guess that Gesicki would appeal to be appointed receiver and not narrow end-of-day purposes.

The franchise tag for recipients in 2022 is $18.419 million and the tight end tag is $10.931 million. Given the big money difference, one would guess that the star pass catcher would be called the wide receiver. But that is not the case.

“It’s up to them” – Mike Gesicki on his franchise day and not a multi-year contract

Mike Gesicki
Mike Gesicki

On Wednesday, Gesicki was asked directly if he planned to appeal his appointment. The 26-year-old didn’t sound concerned about the situation. “It’s kind of up to – obviously it’s up to me, but more up to my agent and him kind of publicizing that.” he said. “But now I’m in here and 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. Like I said, I’m just trying to help this team in any way I can.”

Mike Gesicki slotted 402 snaps, 218 out wide and 140 tights last season, and given his result, he might have a case that he’s closer to a receiver than a tight end. After a career-high 780 yards and 73 catches with two TDs, Gesicki isn’t worried about missing a multi-year extension instead of playing on the franchise tag.

“I mean, that’s entirely up to them, honestly.” he said. “I have a good relationship with (General Manager) Chris (Grier) and (Executive) Brandon (Shore) and obviously with this new coaching staff – maybe that had something to do with it, I’m not sure. I don’t really have all the answers. But I know the kind of person I am, the worker I am and the player I am. I’m just going to go back out there and keep doing what I’m doing, keep improving and playing and helping. This team wins football games and eventually gets compensated for it.”

Mike Gesicki and the Dolphins have until July 15 to finalize a multi-year deal. Gesicki’s attitude towards being tagged as TE has shown that he’s more than just a money person. He has shown he is willing to put the team’s interests ahead of his own and he could be awarded sooner or later.

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