Despite conflicting reports, it appears the Dolphins might be willing to part ways with DeVante Parker for the right price.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Dolphins are indeed willing to trade DeVante Parker but will not move on from the enigmatic pass catcher for anything less than a third-round draft pick. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has previously told reporters that the team is not actively shopping the former first-round pick, but multiple reports have mentioned that Parker is on the trade block.
The Dolphins exercised Parker’s fifth-year option during the offseason, meaning he is under contract through the 2019 season with a $9,387,000 cap hit next year. However, that option is guaranteed only for injury, meaning the team could choose to cut him next offseason if they choose to do so.
Parker has been a relative disappointment to fans and the Miami coaching staff and front office alike over this three plus seasons with the team. He’s struggled with injuries throughout his career, as he’s played 14, 15, and 13 games during the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons respectively. He’s also played numerous games at less than 100% health, leading to sub par production.
This season, Parker has played in just two games, starting one of them and recording only two catches for 40 yards. He seems to have been surpassed by Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, and even Jakeem Grant in the wide receiver rotation
According to Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post, Parker has expressed his desire to remain in Miami for the long haul. “Yeah, I would love to be here long-term,” Parker said. “I get along with everybody here. Front office. All of them. Cool people. I wouldn’t mind being here long term.” In regards to being traded, Parker said, “Yeah. I prefer not to be. I want to be here, but it’s a business. So whatever happens, happens. You can’t control some things.”
Parker is correct. He can’t control whether the front office trades him, but it appears they won’t be dealing him for scraps.