Miami Dolphins Trade Devante Parker to Patriots

The Dolphins traded long-time wide receiver Devante Parker to their AFC East Rival New England Patriots. What does it mean for Miami’s future?

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker, acquired by the Patriots in a trade
Credit: The Phinsider

The Miami Dolphins traded wide receiver Devante Parker. This does not come as a surprise to most; however, the team he was traded to was a bit of a shocker. GM Chris Grier made a deal with the AFC East rival New England Patriots to trade Devante Parker and a 5th-round pick to New England in exchange for a 3rd-round pick in next year’s draft. 

Parker had been mentioned in trade rumors for a couple of years, but Miami never dealt him.

During his time in Miami, Parker was a key contributor when he was on the field. Unfortunately, hamstring injuries have plagued his career and he hasn’t been as consistent as many had hoped.

What the Devante Parker trade means for Miami:

Salary cap:

This offseason, Miami signed wide receiver Cedrick Wilson and traded for star receiver Tyreek Hill. With 2nd-year wide-out Jaylen Waddle already on the roster, Parker quickly found himself in the fourth spot on the depth chart.

Parker was owed about $6 million in 2022. It is an unprecedented amount to pay for a fifth pass-catching option. According to Spotrac, the move frees up $6.25 million in cap space for Miami and they will take on no dead money. 

Draft capital:

By sending this year’s fifth-round pick to New England, Miami has just four picks in the 2022 NFL draft: a third and fourth-round pick, and two seventh-round picks. What goes unnoticed is the amount of cap space “created” by not having to sign an entire draft class this year.

The most exciting part of the trade, however, is not the money Miami saved. It’s what the Dolphins got in return.

New England sent Miami a third-round pick in next year’s draft. Miami now has a whopping five picks in the first three rounds of the 2023 draft. Currently, the Dolphins have two first and third-round picks as well as one second-round pick.

Who “won” this trade remains to be seen, but Dolphins fans should feel good about adding cap space while adding future draft capital. 

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