The 2022 regular season is just around the corner, and the New Orleans Saints are coming into the season with high expectations. They have playmakers at every position imaginable and strong depth as well, but there’s one area that has been a question mark throughout training camp: the tight end position.
Taysom Hill recently transitioned to the position from quarterback, Adam Trautman has remained inconsistent in the last few years, and Juwan Johnson is still adapting to the NFL. Last year, the Saints were ranked at the bottom of the league in yards per game. This time around, the Saints cannot afford to leave any stone unturned in their offense if they want to compete for a championship.
The Saints need stronger play at tight end and Miami Dolphins’ Mike Gesicki would be an excellent choice to give the Saints the tight end production they have not had since Jared Cook in 2019.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Miami Dolphins are interested in possibly trading Gesicki, and if the reports are true, the Saints should make the call.
NOLA Saints could fancy a tight end swap of Taysom Hill and Mike Gesicki
Mike Gesicki was drafted in the second round out of Penn State in 2018 and is coming off his best season as a pro. In 2021, he accounted for 73 receptions for 780 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Gesicki would give Saints quarterback Jameis Winston a dangerous target in the middle of the field. His big frame and large catch radius would create a match-up nightmare for any safety or linebacker who would have to guard him. During his time with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Winston found a great amount of success throwing to his tight ends and could continue that streak with a player like Gesicki in 2022.
Gesicki, who is set to play on the franchise tag for the Dolphins this season, is looking for a new contract, but the Dolphins and Gesicki have yet to reach an agreement. If both parties cannot come to terms on a deal, a trade might be the best option.
The Saints would be a great landing spot for Gesicki, and they should do everything in their power to add him to the roster — that includes trading Taysom Hill.
Hill is a talented football player and has been a positive contributor to the Saints in his Swiss army role, but Hill is 32 years old with a history of injuries throughout his college and NFL career. Gesicki, on the other hand, is just 26 years old and could give NOLA more stability at the position for years to come.
With the departure of Sean Payton and with new head coach Dennis Allen moving Hill to tight end on a more full-time basis, it seems that the Saints want to get away from the Taysom Hill quarterback experience. Hill still has a lot to offer, but Gesicki has more upside at this stage in his career. Besides, the Saints have offensive playmakers this year that could make up for what you lose in a player like Taysom Hill.
Mike Gesicki is a tight end with Pro Bowl talent, and in the right position, he could rank among the best in the league. With his combination of size, speed, and pass-catching ability, he can make an already talented Saints offense even better.