The Miami Dolphins have signed tight end Durham Smythe to a two-year extension, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The deal will pay Smythe $5.5 million in guaranteed money and has a maximum value of $8.75 million.
Despite losing Mike Gesicki in free agency, the Dolphins seem to have faith in their tight end situation given the Smythe extension. Since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame, Smythe has amassed 88 receptions for 809 yards and three touchdowns through 79 games played. He also has one touchdown and four yards gained from his carries on the ground.
While the tight end room is likely to see additional attention paid to it, for now, Durham Smythe sits as the top TE option on the Dolphins roster.
This move comes as part of a broader strategy by the Dolphins to solidify their talent base. Despite a less than stellar season in 2022, the Dolphins are gearing up for a much-improved 2023. They have been active in free agency and trades thus far, signing key players like Ryan Fitzpatrick, grabbing free agents like Shaquil Barrett and Malik Hooker, and acquiring safety Kyle Duggar via trade.
Of course, one extension won’t pave the way to a Super Bowl, but it remains a good start for a team that clearly feels confident in its direction. Whether the rest of the plan comes together as well as the Smythe signing remains to be seen, but for now, the Dolphins organization is certainly giving fans a reason to be optimistic.