Dolphins Open to Trading DeVante Parker, Seeking 3rd-Round Pick

The Miami Dolphins are willing to trade wide receiver DeVante Parker at the right price, despite head coach Adam Gase denying the team would deal the former first-round pick. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Dolphins are looking to acquire a third-round draft pick at minimum for Parker.

That is a high asking price for a player who has contributed virtually nothing this season (two caches for 40 yards in two games), potentially indicating that Miami isn’t all that serious about dealing Parker. No team is dumb enough to fork over a third-rounder for an underachieving wideout who has missed four games already this season battling a quad injury and a broken finger. Netting a fifth-round pick in return for Parker would be a challenge in itself. Unless the Dolphins scale back their demands, Parker with remain with the franchise for the remainder of the season.

Parker has not lived up to expectations in his NFL career with the Dolphins. — by AP Photo
Parker has not lived up to expectations in his NFL career with the Dolphins. — by AP Photo

Drafted 14th overall in 2015, Parker has accumulated 141 catches for 1,948 yards and nine touchdowns in his four-year career. The Dolphins exercised Parker’s fifth-year option during this past offseason, keeping him under contract through the 2019 season. He will be owed $9.4 million in 2019, the final year of his rookie deal. The fifth-year option is guaranteed only for injury, so the Dolphins could still choose to release him in the offseason.

While the Dolphins have spoken to multiple teams regarding Parker’s services, they are not actively trading him and are open to keeping the 25-year-old wide receiver if no worthwhile deal arises, sources told Barry Jackson and Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald.

Parker played only four snaps in last week’s win against the Chicago Bears. He is buried in the wide receiver depth chart behind Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant and Danny Amendola. Parker is listed as questionable for Sunday’s home tilt versus the Detroit Lions because of a quadriceps injury.