Just a day after reports surfaced that former Penn State and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin expects to receive a franchise tag, another key member of the Nittany Lions’ 2016 Big Ten championship team has officially been tagged by the Miami Dolphins
Mike Gesicki, who played at Penn State from 2014-17 before going to South Beach in the second round of the 2018 draft, has been franchised tagged by Miami ahead of what will be his fifth NFL season.
We have placed the franchise tag on tight end Mike Gesicki. pic.twitter.com/nJYUw4WcYh
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) March 8, 2022
The Dolphins have until July 15 to sign Gesicki to a longer-term extension, but if a deal isn’t done by then, Gesicki will make nearly $11 million.
In four NFL seasons, Gesicki has totaled 199 receptions for 2,255 yards and 13 touchdowns. Last year, he caught 73 passes— 20 more than his previous career-high, albeit with an extra game— gained 780 yards (also a career-best) and caught two touchdown passes.
Before Miami, the Manahawkin, New Jersey, native played at Penn State in each of James Franklin’s first four seasons as head coach, and ended his career leading all Penn State tight ends in receptions (129) and yards (1,481).