By trading for DeVante Parker over the weekend, the Patriots got something they’ve been looking for all offseason – an upgrade at the top of their wide receiver depth chart. As it turns out, Parker got something he’s been wanting out of the deal as well.
Appearing on NFL Network Monday afternoon, Ian Rapoport shared that Parker let the Dolphins know he hoped to end up in New England. “DeVante Parker wanted to be a member of the New England Patriots,” Rapoport shared. “He made it very clear that he wanted to be a member of the Patriots.”
Perhaps this was hinted at shortly after the trade. As shared by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, Parker’s agent Jimmy Gould made a point of thanking the Patriots to get a deal done. “I am grateful to coach Belichick and Mr. Kraft for their efforts in making this happen and their faith in DeVante,” Gould said Saturday afternoon, via Daniels.
The respect goes both ways. Rapoport added in his report Monday that “[Parker] is someone that coach Bill Belichick has like for a long time, has always respected his skillset and really [is] someone that he considers to be a solid addition to his receiving core.”
According to Rapoport, Parker is expected to take his physical at some point on Monday. Once that’s completed, the deal can become official.
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 24: DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins catches a pass during the first half of a game against Tre Herndon #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during a game at TIAA Bank Field on September 24, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Dec 5, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch during the second half against the New York Giants at Hard Rock Stadium. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Wide receiver DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball against safety Jessie Bates III #30 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 18: DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball as he breaks a tackle by Bless Austin #31 of the New York Jets during the second half of their game at Hard Rock Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Dec 5, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) signals toward the sideline against the New York Giants during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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