Miami Dolphins Sign Former Southern Regional Star Mike Gesicki to Four-Year Contract

Jun 20, 2018
Source: Miami Dolphins In a social media photo sent out Monday, June 18, the Miami Dolphins announced the signing of former Southern star Mike Gesicki.

It seems the Miami Dolphins are serious about NFL rookie Mike Gesicki becoming a viable part of its offense. The Dolphins announced on Monday, June 18, that they signed the former Southern Regional High School star to a four-year contract. He was selected 42nd during the second round of the draft on April 27.

Gesicki and his new teammates wrapped up organized team activities last week, but Gesicki’s business wasn’t done. In a social media post delivered Monday afternoon, he was pictured with pen in hand to sign on some dotted lines.

According to reports, the deal is worth just over $6.6 million. The website overthecap.com listed the contract’s breakdown by year, and for the upcoming season Gesicki’s base salary will be $480,000. During the following three years of the contract, his salary will increase about $300,000 per season and add in bonuses.

At the culmination of organized team activities on June 14, Miami head coach Adam Gase shared a few thoughts about Gesicki and his progress.

“He’s had some really good days,” Gase said. “(Wednesday) was a good example, where we had a two-minute drill and we had some things in the red zone where he was able to take advantage of a couple matchups that he had. He’s aggressive to the ball and he can make plays. He’s a big man that can run, and he has really good hands. It’s been fun to watch him kind of develop and trying to learn this offense. He puts a lot of time into it. He’s trying to be one of those guys that can play fast.”

At 6-feet-6 and 250 pounds with excellent hands and tremendous athletic ability, Gesicki is a potential target for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Gesicki caught 129 passes for 1,481 yards and 15 touchdowns at Penn State, but he knows the NFL is a different game and he still has much to improve to be a viable tight end.

“Obviously, these guys are extremely talented. It’s another step up in terms of talent, athleticism, speed, strength, all that kind of stuff,” Gesicki said during a press conference last week. “But I still feel pretty confident in my ability to use my attributes – my size, my speed, my ability to make plays – and, honestly, it’s just about getting the mental aspect of the game down.”

When asked how Gesicki seemed to be handling the mental aspect of the game, Gase said “he’s been good.” Gesicki told reporters that he and fellow rookie Durham Smythe have been studying the playbook together, and they spend some of their spare time in their hotel room taking turns at calling out plays for the other to draw up on a whiteboard.

“There’s a lot thrown at you at once,” Gesicki said. “For me, this is different. It’s a different system, more terminology. It’s a lot. But it’s something I’m excited about because I have a challenge that I’m really striving to master. There’s a lot to learn and a lot to know. I just want to learn this playbook, learn what I have to do, play fast and play confident.”

For the next month, Gesicki will have more time to get acclimated to the playbook while at home – he said it’s highly likely his dad will help drill him on the plays – and then he’ll return to Miami later in July for the start of training camp.

“Right now, I’m not worried about the production on the field. I’m not going, ‘Oh, man ... I only had one catch today. I didn’t score a touchdown’ or anything like that, because it’s June. We don’t have a game for another three months. What I’m most concerned about right now are my coaches and teammates and trying to earn their respect.”

— David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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