Of course Mike Gesicki deserves a new contract. It is one of the main talking points of the season for Miami Dolphins fans and has been addressed on plenty of occasions.
But someone else in the tight end room has a contract that expires this coming off season, someone who is somewhat less important to the offense but will demand a much more affordable deal. Durham Smythe has become one of the most dependable targets for Tua Tagovailoa as of late. His catch percentage of 80.6 is the highest on the team of anyone with more than ten receptions, making him literally the most reliable receiver that the Dolphins can throw to. He has caught nine balls over the last two contests, while remaining one of the few reliable blockers that Miami has on its roster.
Smythe will certainly demand a smaller payday than Gesicki, and the latter often lines up as a receiver. The Dolphins could justify paying both during the 2022 off season, but the problem lies with the other tight ends. Aside from Smythe and Gesicki, Miami has three other tight ends locked in to long-term deals, so don’t be surprised to see the team part ways with one or more of them in order to free up some cash.