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Report: Mike Gesicki signing with Patriots on one-year deal

Patriots sign TE Mike Gesicki
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BOSTON -- The Patriots have made their second big free-agent signing, and it's once again on the offensive side of the ball.

Tight end Mike Gesicki is signing with the Patriots, according to Adam Schefter and Mike Garafolo. Field Yates said the one-year deal is worth up to $9 million, indicating there are likely some incentives built in to the deal.

Gesicki, 27, has spent his entire five-year career with the Dolphins, who drafted him in the second round in 2018.

The 6-foot-6, 247-pound has caught 231 passes for 2,617 yards and 18 touchdowns. He caught five touchdowns last year, tied for his second-highest single-season total, but he posted his lowest receptions total (32) and receiving yards total (362) since his rookie season.

Earlier this week, the Patriots signed wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, as the team looks to revamp its pass-catching arsenal for quarterback Mac Jones and new offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. The Patriots also traded away Jonnu Smith, creating a need at tight end that Gesicki fills.

Bill Belichick's defenses have largely kept Gesicki in check during their nine meetings, with Gesicki catching 14 passes on 28 targets for 125 yards. He's been held to one or zero catches in five of those nine games. Gesicki has caught two touchdowns vs. New England, though.

In 2021, Gesicki set career highs in receptions (73) and receiving yards (780). He'll now pair with Hunter Henry as the top tight ends on the roster.

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