Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) gets tackled by Tennessee Titans safety Amani Hooker (37) and cornerback Buster Skrine (38).

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Reports: Dolphins place franchise tag on TE Mike Gesicki

The Miami Dolphins have placed the franchise tag on tight end Mike Gesicki, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

The reported move comes before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. Cleveland Browns (David Njoku) and Dallas Cowboys (Dalton Schultz) also used the tag on a tight end, guaranteeing their 2022 salary at $10.931 million once the tender offer is signed.

The Dolphins and Gesicki have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal or play on a franchise tender.

Gesicki, 26, recorded career-high totals in both catches (73) and receiving yards (780) to go along with two touchdowns in 17 games last season.

Gesicki has 199 catches for 2,255 yards and 13 touchdowns in 64 career games since being selected by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Jun 16, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) works out during minicamp at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins activate TE Mike Gesicki off COVID list

The Miami Dolphins activated tight end Mike Gesicki off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday, the last player to return after assistant coach George Godsey tested positive.

Godsey, the team’s co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, returned Monday. Fellow tight ends Adam Shaheen and Cethan Carter were the first to return after being deemed close contacts to Godsey.

Gesicki’s return comes just in time for the team’s trip to Chicago to practice with the Bears ahead of their Saturday preseason game.

Gesicki, 25, led the team with six touchdowns receptions last season. His receptions (53) and receiving yards (703) trailed only wide receiver DeVante Parker (63, 793) for the team lead.

Shaheen, 26, had 12 receptions for 150 yards and three touchdowns in 2020.

Carter, 27, had five catches for 53 yards in 15 games last season with the Cincinnati Bengals.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) scores a touchdown after a catch over Kansas City Chiefs free safety Juan Thornhill (22) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: ‘Good chance’ Dolphins will be without Gesicki, Grant

If the Miami Dolphins are going to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2016, they might have to overcome injuries to a couple of their best playmakers.

As of Monday afternoon Dolphins, head coach Brian Flores was still awaiting updates on tight end Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and receiver/returner Jakeem Grant (leg), who each left Sunday’s home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

But the Miami Herald reported there is a “good chance” both players could miss the Dolphins’ next game against the New England Patriots. The paper also reported Gesicki was scheduled for a MRI on Monday.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Flores replied to a question about Gesicki on Monday. “We’re still going through the evaluation process with our medical staff. … I’m not even going to go into how he felt this morning. It’s too early to tell with Mike, as well as some other guys that got banged up yesterday.”

Gesicki’s absence would leave a big offensive hole for the Dolphins (8-5), who rank in the bottom half of the NFL in touchdowns. He’s the team leader in receiving touchdowns (six) and is second in receptions (44) and receiving yards (602).

Grant has 28 punt returns for 323 yards and one touchdown this season, in addition to six kick returns for 129 yards, and 31 catches for 330 yards and one touchdown.

The Herald also reported that a third injured player that left the Kansas City game, receiver DeVante Parker, sustained a leg injury that isn’t believed to be serious and “there’s a chance he will be available” against New England.

–Field Level Media