|Date of birth:March 30, 1980|
|Place of birth: Tallahassee, Florida|
|NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 7 / Pick: 232|
|Debuted in 2004 for the Carolina Panthers|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Michael J. Gaines (born March 30, 1980 in Tallahassee, Florida) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Central Florida.
Gaines attended Florida High School which is a developmental school associated with Florida State University As a football standout, he played six different positions, including backup quarterback and finished his high school career with 56 receptions, 1,715 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. He earned first-team all-state recognition as a junior and senior and registered 20 receptions for 535 yards and nine touchdowns in addition to collecting 110 tackles on defense as a senior. Gaines was rated the number one tight end in Florida. He was the first player from his school to participate in the Florida-Georgia High School All-Star Game.
Gaines played in 23 games with four starts for the University of Central Florida. He recorded 22 receptions for 306 yards and three touchdowns. In 2003, he was selected to play in the Blue-Gray Game.
During Gaines Junior season at UCF, he had a stellar breakout game against Toledo, (Ohio). During the game, Gaines caught what was to have been a short yard gain for a first down, but he displayed balance and athleticism that caught the eye of NFL scouts. Gaines proved to be virtually unstoppable against the Toledo defense.
At 6'4 and close to 280 pounds, Gaines has the reputation of a blocking tight end, often lining up in double tight end or goal line formations. Through the 2007 NFL season, Gaines has started 35 of the 57 games he has played in. In 2007 with the Bills, Gaines set career highs in receptions (25) and reception yardage (215). He tied a career high with 2 touchdown receptions.
On 10 September 2007 he signed with the Buffalo Bills. His first touchdown catch as a Buffalo Bill came on October 28 on a fourth and goal situation.
Gaines signed with the Cleveland Browns on October 21, 2009.
Gaines signed with the Houston Texans on April 23, 2010, but was released in the preseason.
- "Lions release TE Michael Gaines". Detroit Free Press. April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-11.[dead link]
- Mayer, Larry (May 11, 2009). "Bears agree to terms with tight end Michael Gaines". Chicagobears.com. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
- Bears release tight end Gaines