The Patriots have landed a new wide receiver, and it’s come from a surprising source.
As first reported by Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are acquiring DeVante Parker from the Miami Dolphins. The deal also includes a swap of 2023 draft picks; New England sends a third-round pick to Miami in exchange for a fifth-round pick. There are conflicting reports as to the years of the draft picks.
Trades within the AFC East are relatively rare for the Patriots, but it’s been less than two years since they last made a deal with the Dolphins. During the 2020 season, they acquired WR Isaiah Ford from Miami in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick.
Parker, 29, has posted 17-game averages of 74 catches, 1,067 yards, and six touchdowns over the past three seasons. Now, he presumably tops a Patriots wide receiver depth chart that includes Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor, and N’Keal Harry.
The immediate concern is Parker’s health and durability. He missed seven games in the 2021 season due to separate hamstring and shoulder injuries. Parker has played a full season only once in his career, in 2019.
Parker was a feasible addition for the Patriots in the first place because he’s affordable, under contract for the next two seasons at salaries of $5.65 million and $5.7 million. According to Pats cap expert Miguel Benzan, Parker’s cap hit will be about $5.9 million, which may require a restructure or a corresponding move to clear space.
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