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Monday, June 1, 2020

Dolphins expected to move on from DeVante Parker

The Miami Dolphins have not gotten anything close to what they expected from DeVante Parker since they drafted him with the 14th overall pick in 2015, and the expectation is that the wide receiver has played his last snap with the team.

Parker is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2019, and he is owed more than $9 million after the Dolphins previously picked up his fifth-year option. Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald wrote this week about some of the changes that could be coming to the Dolphins’ receiver group, and he described Parker as “all but gone.”

Many have been expecting a breakout season for Parker for the past two or three years, but the former Louisville star has never morphed into the No. 1 receiver the Dolphins hoped he would be. He battled some injuries in 2018 and ended up with just 24 catches for 309 yards, and Parker’s agent raised some questions about whether former Miami coach Adam Gase was lying about the receiver’s health.

Though his time with the Dolphins has been a massive disappointment, Parker is just 26 and obviously has plenty of talent. If he becomes a free agent, there should be plenty of teams willing to give him a chance to prove himself with a fresh start.

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