The New England Patriots have secured DeVante Parker’s role in their team for the foreseeable future. In an exciting development, Parker and the Patriots have reached an agreement on a lucrative three-year contract worth up to $33 million, including $14 million in guarantees and per-game roster bonuses. This news comes from reliable sources, including NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Previously, Parker was entering the final season of his current deal, which would have earned him a base salary of $5.7 million. However, with the new contract, he is now committed to the Patriots for an extended period, with a two-year extension on top of the three-year agreement.
The signing of Parker raises questions about the Patriots’ pursuit of DeAndre Hopkins, who had visited the team earlier in June. Despite Parker’s new deal, Rapoport assures that it will not affect the team’s optimism in potentially securing Hopkins. It is expected that Hopkins will not make a decision until just before the start of training camps in late July.
After being acquired through a trade with the Miami Dolphins, Parker made his debut for the Patriots in 2022. Despite the team’s struggles on offense, he managed to contribute with 31 receptions for 539 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games. The Patriots finished 26th in total yards that season.
With quarterback Mac Jones returning to full health and the addition of Bill O’Brien as the offensive coordinator, Parker is poised to play a crucial role in the team’s offense. This change, coupled with an improved receiving corps on paper, which includes free-agent signees JuJu Smith-Schuster at wide receiver and Mike Gesicki at tight end, suggests that Parker will have the opportunity to put up even better numbers.
Parker, now 30 years old, spent seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins after being drafted by them in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Despite facing several injury setbacks, he showcased his talent with standout performances, most notably a 1,202-yard, nine-touchdown season in 2019. The Patriots valued Parker highly, trading a third-round pick to the Dolphins in exchange for him (along with a fifth-rounder).
Parker’s first season with the Patriots mirrored his career thus far—a mix of inconsistent performances. While he had games with no catches, he also had weeks where he recorded 156 yards or two touchdowns on six catches. However, the Patriots seem confident that Parker can deliver a more consistent level of play.
The fact that New England has chosen to secure Parker’s services for the future demonstrates their belief in his potential as they seek to bounce back from a challenging 2022 season and solidify their offensive strategies.