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Dolphins trade receiver DeVante Parker within the division with Patriots – The Denver Post

A trade of Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker this offseason was expected. For him to enter the division was a bit of a surprise.

The Dolphins agreed to trade Parker to the New England Patriots, along with a fifth-round pick in this month’s draft, for a third-round pick in 2023 on Saturday, a league source says. .

Parker was rendered useless after the Dolphins added wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson Jr. this offseason — Hill via trade with the Kansas City Chiefs and Wilson in free agency after his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys. They will be paired with excellent receiver Jaylen Waddle who is entering his second year. Franchise-tagged tight end Mike Gesicki also often lines up in the slot or on the outside.

In seven seasons in Miami since being the team’s first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Parker has caught 338 passes for 4,727 yards and 24 touchdowns. Frequently injured, Parker missed 20 games during that span and was injured in several more.

Parker was previously the longest-serving active runner-up, a distinction that now belongs to Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard after hitting a club-record extension with the team on Friday night.

The Dolphins were able to find a business partner for Parker, who was set to hit a salary cap of $8,744,110 in 2022. The dead cap taken if Miami had simply released him would have been $5.4 million, only slightly more of $3.3 million earned in cap space had the team gone this route. Keeping Parker another season and releasing him in the 2023 offseason would have saved the Dolphins $6.3 million in 2023. Essentially, the likely options were to either trade this offseason or exit in 2023.

Miami general manager Chris Grier, speaking at NFL owners’ meetings Monday, said the Dolphins have received calls about Parker from teams interested in the trade. He did, however, indicate that he believes Parker is part of the plan for 2022.

“We like to have good players, you know? We feel really good in this reception hall,” said Grier of The Breakers in Palm Beach. “We expect him to be there, but we always listen. I always said here, and the guys who know me, we will always listen to all the players on the list.

The Dolphins are now down to four picks in the late April draft. They have the San Francisco 49ers compensatory pick at the end of the third round, No. 102 overall, as their first selection, a fourth-round pick and two in the seventh round. Their first and second round selections were distributed to the Chiefs in the Hill Trade.

Conversely, Miami now has five picks in the 2023 draft that will predate their first pick of 2022. The Dolphins have the 49ers’ first round and the Patriots’ third round, in addition to their own picks in the first three rounds. .

In dealing with the 6-foot-3, 29-year-old Parker, the Dolphins lose a possession receiver whose big body would have complemented the smaller, quicker combination of Hill and Waddle. Parker was capable of catching contested passes from defensive backs.

Preston Williams, who the Dolphins re-signed this offseason, is also capable of playing that role. Miami also expects Lynn Bowden to contribute at receiver after spending the 2021 campaign on injured reserve. Other receivers on the list include Trent Sherfield, River Cracraft Cody Core and DeVonte Dedmon.

Parker was the only remaining dolphin to return to the Joe Philbin era as his rookie season was in 2015, Philbin’s last when he was fired four games. Parker had played under Philbin, Dan Campbell, who finished that year as interim coach, Adam Gase, Brian Flores and is now traded before new coach Mike McDaniel led the team in his first season.

Parker’s best season with the Dolphins came when he recorded career highs of 72 receptions for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns in 2019, working mostly with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as the team went 5-11 during Flores’ first year as a coach.

The Patriots needed receivers to give second-year quarterback Mac Jones more pass-catching goals. Now, Parker will face the Dolphins twice a year in the AFC East. He has two years left on his current contract.

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