The dolphins send DeVante Parker to the Patriots (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). Once finalized, the trade will see Parker and a 2022 fifth-round pick go to the Patriots in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick.
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Bill Belichick & Co. have done plenty of scouting on Parker, a longtime staple of their AFC East rival. Although his career has had its ups and downs, his raw talent is undeniable. He will provide the Pats with more veteran support in their WR unit, joining a group that also includes Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Nelson AgholorN’Keal Harry, Ty Montgomery, Christian Wilkersonand Malcolm Perry.
The Dolphins’ recent acquisition of Tyreek Hill left Parker without a clearly defined role. In turn, Parker’s side asked the Dolphins to help find a better landing spot.
“I’m really grateful to the Dolphins and Coach Belichick and [owner] Bob Kraft in their efforts to make this happen,” Parker’s agent Jimmy Gould said. (Twitter link through Rapoport).
The Dolphins, meanwhile, bolstered their already impressive stockpile of draw ammo. Even after Hill’s blockbuster, they still have two first-round picks, one second-round pick and, now, two third-round picks in next year’s draft.
The Patriots will assume the balance of Parker’s contract – a base salary of $5.65 million in 2022 (with $500,000 in bonuses per game) and $5.7 million in 2013 (also with $500,000 in bonuses per game). However, he doesn’t owe him any guaranteed money, so the Patriots can cut ties anytime they want.
Parker, a first-round pick in 2015, showed great promise in 2019 with 72 catches, 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns that year. It hasn’t done the same since, especially after the emergence of Jaylen Waddle Last year. In 2021, Parker finished with just 40 catches for 515 yards and two touchdowns.