Dolphins trading DeVante Parker to division rival New England Patriots
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The move sends Parker and a 2022 fifth-round pick to AFC East rival New England in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick, ESPN reported.
Parker is now the most talented player in a Patriots receiving area that also includes Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. He is a top option for second-year Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. Jones took to social media to talk about Parker.
DeVante Parker of the Miami Dolphins signals during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on Jan. 2, 2022, in Nashville.
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“Let’s go!! Welcome to NEP! @DeVanteParker11,” Jones wrote on Twitter.
“Let’s get it big dawg. LFG!!!” Parker responded. Parker replied. @DeVanteParker11 super bowl run @MacJones_10. “
Parker, 29, has spent his career in Miami after the team selected him in the first round out of Louisville in the 2015 NFL Draft. His 4,727 receiving yards rank sixth in franchise history.
However, injuries have hurt his production over the years and Parker has only played a full season once, in 2019. That season saw him notch career highs with 72 receptions, 1,202 yards, and nine touchdowns.
But since then, he has started just 19 games for Miami and totaled just 515 receiving yards last season.
Parker seemed to be the odd man with the Dolphins and their new coach Mike McDaniel. Jaylen Waddle, Cedrick Wilson, and Tyreek Hill are all first round draft picks.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill reacts after an NFL football game against the Eagles on Oct. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia.
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Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said at the NFL owners’ meeting this week that he expected Parker to remain on Miami’s roster, despite receiving calls regarding the wide receiver.
DeVante Parker of the Dolphins celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on Dec. 19, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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“We feel really good about that receiver room,” Grier told reporters. “We expect him to be here, but we listen. I’ve always stated here, and the guys who know me, that we’ll always listen to all the players on the roster. “
Parker is the longest-tenured player for the Dolphins. The Dolphins have four picks in this month’s draft.
The Patriots hope the move can help the team get its first playoff win since 2019. This week, owner Robert Kraft said he was bothered that the team wasn’t able to have success in the postseason the last three years.
” Kraft stated that he believed we had two decades of incredible success. “After my family there’s nothing more important than the New England Patriots winning football games. This is my passion so I will do whatever I can to help make it happen. I am not happy that we haven’t won a playoff match in three years. It’s something I think about a lot. “
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