While the Miami Dolphins have spent a lot of their offseason bringing in talent, on Saturday, they sent a longtime franchise stalwart away.

The Dolphins (per Ian Rapoport, NFL Network) are sending DeVante Parker to the New England Patriots.

Rapoport and Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald both cited messages from Parker’s agent, Jimmy Gould, indicating that Parker’s camp is happy with the deal.

 

This trade is notable in that, while it’s not unprecedented for division rivals (even these specific division rivals) to trade with each other, it is rare.

Parker was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. His best season came in 2019 when he caught 72 passes for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns — all career highs. In 2021, he caught 40 passes for 515 yards with two touchdowns in only 10 games.

People in the NFL world generally thought highly of the move for New England.

The Patriots saw a lot of Parker as an opponent in the AFC East. That included one of the greatest games in his career.

In the final game of the 2019 season, the Patriots needed a win over the Dolphins to secure a first-round bye in the playoffs. They were upset 27-24 in what ended up being Tom Brady’s final regular season game with New England. Parker was a big part of that, catching eight passes for 137 yards while largely matched up against that season’s Defensive Player of the Year — Stephon Gilmore.

That was one of three 100-yard receiving games that Parker had against the Patriots. New England will no doubt be hoping he brings that production with him.

[Ian Rapoport]

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