Hypothetical Trade Packages for Dolphins' Mike Gesicki After Week 1

Joe TanseySeptember 14, 2022

Hypothetical Trade Packages for Dolphins' Mike Gesicki After Week 1

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - AUGUST 20: Mike Gesicki #88 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball during the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Hard Rock Stadium on August 20, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
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    Mike Gesicki's one-catch, one-yard performance in Week 1 raised concerns about how he will be used in the Miami Dolphins offense.

    Gesicki came back to the Dolphins under the franchise tag in the offseason. His $10.9 million salary for the 2022 season does not match the early wave of production from the tight end slot.

    Gesicki's lack of contributions in Week 1 could just be a part of him getting used to the new offensive system implemented by head coach Mike McDaniel.

    But if Gesicki's numbers do not get better in the coming weeks, he could be put on the trade block.

    There are a handful of teams that would love to employ a tight end of Gesicki's caliber. He is coming off his second straight 700-yard season and first 70-reception campaign.

    A trade may not be in Miami's view yet, but it could happen if Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle get the ball more than the team's top tight end.

Trade with Carolina for Draft Picks

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 20: Mike Gesicki #88 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball during a preseason NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Hard Rock Stadium on August 20, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
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    Miami's ideal trade partners reside in the NFC.

    The Dolphins can't afford to deal Gesicki anywhere in the AFC because that move might come back to haunt them in the wild-card hunt.

    The Carolina Panthers had three passes caught by tight ends in Week 1. Ian Thomas had two receptions and Tommy Tremble had one.

    Thomas has never had more than 333 receiving yards and two touchdown in a single campaign over five seasons. His best numbers came in his rookie season of 2018.

    Tremble earned 180 receiving yards on 20 catches in his rookie campaign in 2021. He, like Gesicki, had one yard for one catch in Week 1.

    Carolina may not end up in the NFC playoff picture, but trading for a higher quality tight end in Gesicki would at least give its offense a fighting chance in most games.

    Baker Mayfield is already surrounded by Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Robbie Anderson. Carolina showed some aggressiveness on the trade market by landing Laviska Shenault from the Jacksonville Jaguars in preseason.

    Miami could ask for a late-round draft pick or two in exchange for Gesicki if his production does not increase in Week 2 and beyond. That may be the best return possible for a player on an expiring contract.

Deal with New York Giants

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    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 27: Mike Gesicki #88 of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball during an NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome on December 27, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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    The New York Giants did not have one catch out of a tight end in Week 1.

    The Giants had fullback Chris Myarick catch a touchdown pass from Daniel Jones. That was the closest thing to a tight end catch.

    Jones primarily targeted his wide receivers and Saquon Barkley in the win over the Tennessee Titans.

    Brian Daboll could be willing to take in Gesicki for a half-season if Miami wants to get rid of him. The first-year head coach should have some familiarity with Gesicki's game from his time spent in the AFC East as the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator.

    The Giants currently have Daniel Bellinger and Tanner Hudson listed as the tight ends on their depth chart. That is the one major weakness on their offensive roster.

    Adding Gesicki in exchange for a late-round pick could help the Giants get an early look at the player before he hits free agency. If Gesicki were to impress in this situation, he could have a landing spot for 2023 locked up without much stress.

Work Deal with San Francisco

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 05: Mike Gesicki #88 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the New York Giants at Hard Rock Stadium on December 05, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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    San Francisco might find itself in the tight end trade market if George Kittle's injury concerns linger throughout the season.

    Kittle was unable to play in Week 1 and he is officially listed as questionable for Week 2.

    The 49ers do not have much depth behind Kittle. Tyler Kroft and Ross Dwelley are decent No. 2 tight ends, but they are not cut out to be the starting tight end every week.

    A deal between San Francisco and Miami would have a built-in connection between McDaniel and 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. McDaniel arrived from the San Francisco coaching staff in the offseason.

    San Francisco would not offer much in return for Gesicki, but a late-round pick could be enough to land another target across the middle for Trey Lance to work with.

    A potential Gesicki trade would not happen unless he can't carve out any role for himself inside the Miami offense. His performance has the potential to get better, but more concerns about his role in Miami will spring up if he fails to catch multiple passes in the coming weeks.

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