O’Leary agrees to ex­ten­sion with Dol­phins

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Gameday - By Safid Deen

The Mi­ami Dol­phins and tight end Nick O’Leary have agreed to a one-year con­tract ex­ten­sion that will make him one of at least three tight ends on the ros­ter head­ing into the 2019 season.

O’Leary’s deal is worth $1.5 mil­lion, with $500,000 guar­an­teed, ac­cord­ing to the NFL Net­work. O’Leary’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion, Sport­sTrust Ad­vi­sors, an­nounced the ex­ten­sion via so­cial me­dia on Satur­day.

O’Leary, a for­mer Florida State Univer­sity stand­out from Palm Beach Gar­dens, has made an im­pact as Mi­ami’s most con­sis­tent tight end this season af­ter be­ing claimed off waivers in Septem­ber. O’Leary is the Dol­phins’ best block­ing tight end, and has caught seven of eight passes thrown to him and scored a touch­down in seven games this season. He was re­leased by the Buf­falo Bills, who drafted him in 2015.

“He keeps do­ing a good job in the run game. He’s been open in the pass game; the ball just hasn’t gone to him. He’s done a re­ally good job,” Dol­phins coach Adam Gase said of O’Leary ear­lier this past week.

“His block­ing has re­ally been strong for us, helped us in the run game a lot. His pass pro­tec­tion, the same thing. When­ever we throw him the ball, he’s re­li­able.”

O’Leary’s emer­gence has been vi­tal for the Dol­phins,

who hope Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe can con­tinue to de­velop dur­ing their rookie sea­sons.

Gesicki, a for­mer Penn State stand­out, was drafted in the sec­ond round of this year’s NFL draft, while Smythe was taken in the fourth round out of Notre Dame.

Dol­phins third-year tight end A.J. Derby has been hob­bled by a foot in­jury this season, while sixth-year tight end MarQueis Gray is re­cov­er­ing from a torn right Achilles ten­don suf­fered dur­ing the first week of the season.

Both Derby and Gray are free agents af­ter this season.

JOHN MCCALL/SUN SEN­TINEL

Dol­phins tight end Nick O’Leary gains a few yards against the Lions on Oct. 21 at Hard Rock Sta­dium in Mi­ami Gar­dens.

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