The Miami Dolphins have agreed to trade wide receiver DeVante Parker to the New England Patriots for draft pick compensation, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
After acquiring Tyreek Hill in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, Parker became the odd-man out in the receiver corps for the Miami Dolphins. Now it looks like he’ll have a chance to compete for a No. 1 spot as the Dolphins have traded Parker to the rival New England Patriots.
Parker shot onto the scene in 2019 when he had 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns. However, that season has proven to be more of a fluke than a breakout as he has 1,308 receiving yards over the past two years. He has also dealt with injuries his entire career, with 2019 being his only full season.
Parker to the Patriots is surprising considering the rivalry between the two AFC East foes, but it makes sense when it comes to roster building. Patriots head coach Bill Bellicheck and company have struggled to draft and develop their own wide receivers during his historic tenure.
They were set to start former undrafted free agent Jakobi Myers across from first round disappointment Nelson Agoholor, neither of which have had a single season with more than 1,000 receiving yards. Parker helps provide a consistent target for Patriots second year quarterback Mac Jones.
As for the Dolphins, they get a third round pick and give up their fifth round pick in the trade. It recoups some of the significant draft capital the team gave up to get Hill. Parker became irrelevant to the Dolphins after they had acquired Hill, with also having Jaylen Waddle at the position.
Trade terms, per source:
Patriots get WR DeVante Parker and a 2022 5th-round pick.
Dolphins get a 2023 third-round pick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 2, 2022
The team gave up a 2022 first- and second round pick for Hill along with two fourths and a six round pick in 2023. They also signed Hill to a four year, $120 million extension which is the highest salary ever given to a wide receiver in NFL history.
The Dolphins now have five total draft picks with their first two both coming in the third round.