New England Patriots acquire WR DeVante Parker in trade with Miami Dolphins

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – In a rare trade between AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots acquired Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker and a 2022 fifth-round draft pick in exchange for a third-round pick in 2023, a source told ESPN’s Adam. Schetter on Saturday.

The Dolphins’ acquisition of Tyreek Hill and the free agent signing of Cedrick Wilson Jr. rendered Parker unnecessary. Miami will now have two first-round picks, one second-rounder and two third-rounders in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Meanwhile, Parker could be a great option for second-year Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, joining a receiving corps that includes top returnees Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne.

The Patriots inherit the remaining two years of Parker’s contract, which requires him to earn base salaries of $5.65 million in 2022 and $5.7 million in 2023.

The Patriots expect to receive a compensatory third-round pick in 2023 following the loss of cornerback JC Jackson in free agency.

Since Bill Belichick became head coach of the Patriots in 2000, this is only the fifth trade New England has made with the Dolphins. The most notable came in 2007 when the Patriots dealt second- and seventh-round picks to Miami in exchange for receiver Wes Welker, who went on to set the franchise record for receptions (672).

Belichick knows Parker well, having groomed his teams to face him since 2015, when the Louisville former entered the NFL as the Dolphins’ first-round draft pick.

“He’s got a really, really good skill set,” Belichick said of Parker ahead of a game against the Dolphins in 2020. “He’s a great athlete who runs well, has good hands, good running ability after the catch and good quickness for his size Has a lot of problems on deep balls He’s a great target on the end lanes in cuts and cross lanes He’s strong, can break tackles as a as receiver or running player, he therefore attacks all three levels of defense and can be productive at all three [receiver spots].”

The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Parker played in 10 games last season (eight starts) and had 40 receptions for 515 yards and two touchdowns.

During his NFL career, he played in 93 games (64 starts), totaling 338 receptions for 4,727 yards and 24 touchdowns. He is the Dolphins’ sixth-best receiver of all time.

Parker’s breakout season came in 2019, when he recorded 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns on 72 catches. However, his output was limited by his health over the next two seasons, in which he missed nine games combined and recorded a total of 1,308 receiving yards.

As the Dolphins’ new coaching staff assembled a reception hall specializing in creating separation and post-catch yards, Parker — traditionally a possession receiver — presented himself as the odd man out.

ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques contributed to this report.

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