The Philadelphia Eagles benefited greatly last year from a midseason trade with the Miami Dolphins that brought in running back Jay Ajayi. The defending Super Bowl champions are now looking at Miami again for a potential season-changing deal.
As reported by the Miami Herald, Philadelphia has contacted Miami about a trade for receiver DeVante Parker. The Dolphins have been willing to trade Parker for quite some time to according to rumors. Now, it seems like a very distinct possibility when considering the Eagles’ interest.
Bringing in Parker won’t immediately help Philadelphia’s need for a running back. But it would give them another strong offensive weapon and provide depth at wide receiver.
Yesterday I reported the Dolphins have spoken to multiple NFL teams about a trading DeVante Parker. I'm now told one of those teams is the Philadelphia Eagles.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) October 21, 2018
Why Is Parker on the Trading Block?
Miami took Parker with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was expected to be a game-altering wide receiver for the team. And he showed signs of improvement in 2016, when he tallied career highs of 744 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
However, Parker has never quite materialized into the elite receiver Miami was hoping for. He’s especially played poorly as of late, catching just two passes for 40 yards in two games this season.
One reason why he’s played badly is due to a quadriceps injury. But there have also been plenty of times where he’s been a healthy scratch.
Overall, injuries have plagued Parker throughout his NFL career. He has 141 catches for 1,948 yards and eight touchdowns through three and half seasons.
Why Are the Eagles So Interested in Parker?
Alshon Jeffrey and Nelson Agholor are fine weapons for quarterback Carson Wentz. But the team has struggled mightily to find another consistent receiving weapon. Jordan Mathews was signed this season as a fill-in. However, he’s only managed to catch six balls through four games.
Kamar Aiken had the same amount of catches until he was released Friday. Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins are on injured reserve, with their returns being uncertain. DeAndre Carter and Shelton Gibson are deep on the depth chart and won’t provide any immediate help.
Parker could easily be the third best wide receiver on this roster. He’s an upgrade over Matthews, who’s seen better days. And he’s definitely more talented than Gibson and Carter at this point.
Parker actually has the size and athleticism to become Philadelphia’s top wide receiver. He’s 6’3″, 216 pounds, and runs a 4.45 forty.
Of course, Parker has yet to put these tools to full use. And Philly would no doubt look to renegotiate his $9.38 million salary for 2019 if he chooses to remain with the team. Nevertheless, he could provide immediate help for a team that’s currently struggling just to make the playoffs.
What Would Philadelphia Have to Give Up?
The Miami Herald report doesn’t discuss the exact details of what Philly is offering. Chances are, though, that they’re only willing to part with mid or late-round draft picks in order to land Parker.
Philadelphia still sees themselves as contenders after their dominant run to the postseason last year. Therefore, they won’t give up any key pieces that would hamper their chances of repeating.
It’s worth mentioning that Miami has received calls from other teams on Parker’s availability. But Philadelphia has raised the most eyebrows when considering that they’re in dire straits and need receivers who can make plays.