The New England Patriots agreed to a one-year deal with free agent tight end Mike Gesicki, ESPN reported Friday.
After five seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Gesicki remains in the AFC East on a contract worth up to $9 million.
Gesicki, 27, caught 32 passes for 362 yards and five touchdowns in 17 games in 2022.
The 2018 second-round pick had 231 receptions for 2,617 yards and 18 TDs in 81 games (31 starts) for Miami.
With the Patriots, Gesicki will pair with veteran Hunter Henry and take the place of Jonnu Smith, who was traded to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday for a seventh-round draft pick.
New England created nearly $5 million in cap space by releasing cornerback Jalen Mills, ESPN reported on Friday.
Mills, 28, had two years remaining on the four-year, $21 million deal he signed with the Patriots in March 2021.
Mills had 31 tackles and two interceptions in 10 starts in 2022. He has seven interceptions and 52 passes defensed in 89 games (75 starts) with the Philadelphia Eagles (2016-20) and Patriots.
–Field Level Media