Potential landing spots for Mike Gesicki in 2023 and our prediction
By Brian Miller
Mike Gesicki could very well join the New England Patriots this off-season and it shouldn’t be a surprise at all.
The Patriots love tight ends and currently, they have Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith under contract. Henry is a good TE but he hasn’t truly lived up to what many thought he would be in New England’s offense he has fared a lot better than the far more expensive Jonnu Smith.
Smith is the number two highest-paid player on the Patriots roster in 2023 and Henry is the number three. The difference is that the Patriots can release Henry and save just over $10 million in cap space. Smith on the other hand would save only $1.8 against a $19 million dead cap hit.
Bill Belichick never really surprises anyone anymore with his off-season moves and Gesicki is a guy that can improve the talent of his offense. In fact, New England could simply keep both TEs and move Gesicki into the slot and play him as a receiver. He is better than almost every WR currently on the Patriots roster.
Still, the question is would New England pony up that kind of money for another TE? That depends on what they see with Henry and Smith, specifically Henry.
Last season, Smith caught 41 receptions for 509 yards an no touchdowns. Henry caught 31 for 362 and two touchdowns. Gesicki would be an upgrade in the passing game.
Another possible destination: Tennessee Titans
There are changes coming to the Titans in 2023 and Ryan Tannehill may not be in their future as trade speculation continues to grow. The Titans have six TEs on the roster right now but several will be free agents. In 2018, both Mike Gesicki and Tannehill played together in Miami. Something worth keeping an eye on even if it unlikely.