Patriots Trade Speculation: ‘Not Conventional’ Pass-Catcher Linked To AFC Rivals

The New England Patriots got Mike Gesicki just because he was doing wonders as a Miami Dolphins player, but the pass-catcher may now end up joining one of the rivals.

In the first four games of the season, Gesicki did just 99 yards on 10 catches. Head coach Bill Belichick wanted to see more from him because he did 72 catches and 780 yards two seasons ago. It didn’t happen and Gesicki may find himself on the trade block.

“Gesicki could interest tight-end-needy teams because of his track record as a pass-catcher,” Bleacher Report noted. “While he’s been underwhelming over the last year-plus, Gesicki had back-to-back 700-yard receiving seasons in 2020 and 2021 with the Miami Dolphins.”

Gesicki is a good player and he can find a new home right away. He has been linked to several teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Ravens tight ends coach George Godsey worked with Gesicki in Miami as his positional coach. The Steelers could also use Gesicki as Pat Freiermuth suffered a hamstring injury.

The Patriots pass-catcher has the attention of a few rivals

The Patriots offered Gesicki a one-year deal worth $4.5 million in March. Belichick can get a late-round draft pick for him.

New England has already made a move to trade for defensive back J.C. Jackson and he is back with the team again. Jackson is adding depth to the unit following Christian Gonzales’ injury.

“There are a few reasons why the New England Patriots could look to move tight end Mike Gesicki,” Bleacher Report added. “For starters, he’s playing on a one-year deal and has not been heavily involved in the passing game (10 catches, 99 yards).”

Head coach Belichick liked Gesicki’s skills and wanted to see his best performance. However, fans do remember him calling Gesicki “not really conventional” and a “big receiver.” Is Gesicki on his way out?

“Tough guy to game-plan for,” Belichick said. “Hard to cover. I look forward to working with Mike, so we’ll see how it goes. He’s kind of a unique player, so hopefully we’ll be able to use him productively.”