Report: DeVante Parker Traded to Patriots; Dolphins Get 2023 3rd-Round Draft Pick

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVApril 2, 2022

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JANUARY 2:  DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after a big play during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on January 2, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Dolphins 34-3.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins are trading wide receiver DeVante Parker and a 2022 fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday.

The Dolphins will receive a third-round pick in 2023.

The move comes after Miami acquired Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs and made him the NFL's highest-paid receiver.

The Dolphins also handed Xavien Howard a new five-year extension that gives him an additional $50.6 million. Trading Parker will force Miami to carry $5.4 million in dead money but frees up $3.3 million to offset the team's recent spending a little bit.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Patriots "exhausted" all of the available routes to address the receiver position before turning their sights on Parker:

Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN

Patriots exhausted options at receiver. Had exploratory talks with Odell Beckham and looked at several other free agent wideouts. In the end, DeVante Parker’s pedigree and manageable salary ($5.6M this year) was appealing to New England.

That isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of the 29-year-old. That the Dolphins are also willing to send him to another AFC East team could be telling, too.

Armando Salguero @ArmandoSalguero

DeVante Parker headed to the Patriots. When you trade a player within the division tells you a lot about how much team trading away player really worries about him. And when you trade draft picks to division rival tells you what team thinks of other team’s draft prowess.

Parker carries an obvious level of risk beacuse he has played a full season just once since entering the NFL in 2015. Granted, that year was also his best as he caught 72 passes for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns.

In terms of his quarterbacks, the 6'3" wideout hasn't been dealt a grand hand, either. He had a pre-breakout Ryan Tannehill throwing him passes when he first arrived, and things haven't been much better (Tua Tagovailoa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brock Osweiler and Jay Cutler) from there.

Mac Jones might be the best QB with whom Parker has played.

For the Patriots, this could have a domino effect on a crowded receiver room.

Henry Coffey McKenna @McKennAnalysis

Just my opinion<br><br>🏈I don’t think N’Keal Harry will be on the Patriots for much longer. <br>🏈Nelson Agholor is a different player than DeVante Parker but idk how much playing time NA will get. Wonder if the Patriots might now trade him to dump his salary.<br>🏈Mac Jones has to be happy

Even though New England returns the bulk of last year's passing game, wideout was one of the team's biggest needs this offseason. None of Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne nor Nelson Agholor is a true No. 1 option.

That's exactly what Parker can be if he stays healthy in 2022.