5 free-agent tight ends the Commanders could sign in 2023
Commanders could sign Mike Gesicki
It was inevitable that Mike Gesicki would hit free agency after his down year with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Mike McDaniel was using him as a run-blocking tight end in his zone run scheme instead of a receiving option, which saw his numbers plummet from the usual high standards.
Gesicki has a similar skill set to Evan Engram as he prefers to run routes all over the field. He is also able to create mismatches due to his size and athleticism.
One thing Gesicki does very well is run deep downfield routes. At 6-foot-6, he is a mismatch nightmare on deep balls and especially when left one-on-one in the red zone.
This is exactly what the Commanders need. Although the promise of further growth from those already on the roster under Eric Bieniemy’s guidance cannot be dismissed entirely, either.
Since John Bates is a good run-blocker and we saw Gesicki struggle last season to do so, a one-two punch at the tight end spot with both men is the ideal scenario for the Commanders, who are desperately seeking improved consistency from this particular position group.
Gesicki would be a direct replacement for a similar type of player in Logan Thomas. If this signing does become reality, Washington would likely move on from the Virginia Tech product.