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NY Jets listed as potential landing spot for star TE Mike Gesicki

By Kristen Wong
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The NY Jets have a young, budding squad set for 2022, but they could make a crucial addition at tight end by signing Mike Gesicki.

The Miami Dolphins standout has been described as more of an oversized slot receiver than a traditional tight end, and it's not hard to see why. Through 16 games in 2021, Gesicki has caught a career-high 71 passes for 758 yards along with two touchdowns.

Gesicki has consistently been one of Tua Tagovailoa's most dependable targets, especially when top wideout stars Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker missed time due to injury.

So why would Miami let him go?

In all likelihood, the Dolphins will re-sign Gesicki this offseason when he enters free agency. Miami is currently one of the league leaders in cap space, so negotiating a lucrative contract with the tight end shouldn't be a problem.

In the event that something goes wrong, however, the Jets should be ready to pounce.

Dallas Robinson of Pro Football Network listed the Jets as a potential destination for Gesicki, though it means he would end up at one of his AFC East rivals.

Robinson notes how Gesicki could fit into New York's offensive scheme, comparing Gesicki to another star tight end.

"Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur is a student of the Shanahan system, and we’ve seen how effective George Kittle has been in the 49ers’ offense. Kittle and Gesicki are wildly different players. Kittle is the best blocking TE in the NFL, while Gesicki isn’t asked to contribute in the run game. But adding a big target like Gesicki could work wonders for Wilson as he attempts to take a leap in his second pro campaign."

Dallas Robinson

NY Jets should keep an eye on Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki

The Jets have been hurting at the tight end position for years now. Their go-to players at the position have been Ryan Griffin and Tyler Kroft, neither of whom has shown very much upside or long-term success.

Griffin is the slightly more experienced of the two, recording 27 catches for 261 yards so far this season; Kroft has 15 catches for 168 yards and has missed time due to injury.

The Jets have signed some high-profile names before, including Carl Lawson from the Cincinnati Bengals, and they could lure Gesicki to New York if it's money he's after.

Though he's not a great blocker, Gesicki's reliable hands and dynamic receiving ability could add another dimension to the Jets' offense come 2022.

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Again, the Dolphins will probably want to hold onto Gesicki for next year but New York should keep tabs on him and any other elite targets heading into the offseason.

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