It was seen coming. The Dolphins sent wide receiver DeVante Parker to the Patriots on April 2 in a trade that only seeks to release the Miami player. Only future draft picks are involved in the trade.
And it is that, according to some sources, with Parker the Dolphins sent New England a 5th round selection of this 2022 Draft in exchange for only one of the 3rd round of 2023, that is, they gave him away to a direct rival basically to take away his salary, once your position is well filled.
Parker’s departure was an open secret after the Dolphins acquired WR Tyreek Hill from the NFL’s big-time Chiefs.
Hill and Jaylen Waddle are scheduled to be the team’s starting wide receivers so Parker was going to be the backup and it would be a luxury that would cost him almost $6 the next two seasons.
To make matters worse, Miami previously brought in WRs Cedrick Wilson and Trent Sherfield from free agency, which suggests that the new technical management did not like Parker, although they surely expected to get more revenue for him.
The Dolphins do not have much hope in this 2022 draft (one selection in the third round, one in the fourth and two in the seventh), after getting rid of several selections to bring Hill, plus the one that accompanied Parker, but for 2023 they will have five selections in the first three rounds (two in the first, one in the second and two in the third), barring any changes.
Despite the need for the trade, Miami loses a great wide receiver who played in Miami 93 games with 338 receptions, 4,727 yards and 24 touchdowns.
In 2019, he led the conference with 1,202 yards, 72 catches and nine TDs. In 2021 he had 40 catches, 515 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games.
Maybe this last year, where he was injured, that affected him or maybe he’s a more static WR who doesn’t gain a lot of yards after a sack. However, the Patriots don’t see it that way and believe he is a great acquisition.
The Dolphins on Friday extended a new contract to cornerback Xavien Howard, a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
Howard reached the agreement with the Miami team to play the next five seasons for $50 million, which gives him the largest contract for a cornerback, which is guaranteed for 2022 and 2023 and ends after the 2026 season.
Last season Howard signed a four-year contract after asking to be changed after seeing that the Dolphins did not agree to his demands after having signed a five-year extension in 2019, but he was still not satisfied and Miami avoided a new conflict granting him this latest multi-million dollar extension.
In this way, Miami guarantees with Howard the power to have one of the best CBs in the league, in addition to having one of the best WRs in Hill, so that their corners both in attack and defense are well covered.
There is no doubt that Chris Grier’s work as general manager is being five-star and he has put together a great team for this season under the command of Mike McDaniel, so the team is expected to be one of the great entertainers in the NFL. this year.
It just remains to be seen if quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, with all he’s been given, is the man to take this Miami team far.
This story was originally published on April 2, 2022 3:11 p.m.
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Dolphins trade WR Parker to Patriots and extend CB Howard’s contract