Tight end MarQueis Gray’s normal new year’s routine has been derailed.
And that’s what’s making this a happy new year for him.
“Every other team I’ve been on, I’ve been packing up my house this time of year, or my apartment,” Gray said Friday.
He won’t have boxes piled up in his living room this time, not after the Dolphins signed him to a two-year contract extension this week. For a guy who was undrafted, that’s a big step.
“Stress reliever, man,” he said. “It felt great knowing I’ve got a team I can call home.”
Gray began to sense something was up when he received a call from his agent, Roosevelt Barnes.
“My agent called me last week and said, ‘Hey, I might get you an early Christmas present.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ ”
The Dolphins aim to lock up players whose contracts are expiring for next season.
“It was something that we’ve been working on some of our current guys that had a possibility of being up and he was one of the guys that we were able to get done,” coach Adam Gase said. “We’re happy that we got him to begin with. Over and over he’s proven exactly what we thought he was and who he was and the kind of person he was and player. He’s done a great job as far as being a leader in that room and really for the offense.”
Gray, a fourth-year pro from Minnesota, has played an important role for the Dolphins since starter Jordan Cameron was lost for the season and Dion Sims missed time, both because of concussions. Gray has caught 14 passes for 174 yards, but those numbers don’t take into account how important his blocking has been to the Dolphins’ running game.
So now, Jay Ajayi knows a dependable blocker to set the edge is coming back — and that blocker knows he can finally settle down.
“I finally got a contract,” Gray said.
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