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Why Keeping DeVante Parker Should Be A Priority For Dolphins

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DeVante Parker during the Tennessee Titans vs Miami Dolphins NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Jeffrey R. Sanzare via AP)

It hasn’t been a secret to anyone that Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier has been putting in OT to improve the Dolphins roster this offseason.

Over the last couple of weeks, Miami has added Terron Armstead, Connor Williams, Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds, Alec Ingold, Cedrick Wilson Jr., and Keion Crossen. They also went for the home run in the trade market, sending five picks to the Kansas City Chiefs for wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

After the “cheetah” trade, Miami has the fewest number of picks in this year’s draft which has led to some speculation that the Dolphins might be shopping some of their own.

According to Grier at the owners’ meetings on Monday, they’ve received calls on wide receiver DeVante Parker and center Michael Deiter.

FL Network’s Cameron Wolfe tweeted: “the wide receiver room is getting a bit more crowded with Hill and Wilson’s arrivals. If everything goes right Parker is the third or fourth option in the receiver room alone. And, while his contract isn’t outrageous, it’s a bit high for a guy who could be a team’s fifth or sixth pass-catcher.”

While Deiter’s name being mentioned is a little surprising, the interest in Parker is not so much.

Parker has the size at 6’3 219lb but has missed 13 games over the last two seasons. The Dolphins have been hoping that the 7th year pro will get back to his 2019 form when he amassed 1200 yds and 10 TDS.

While the Philidelphia Eagles and other teams have shown some interest, the Dolphins should think twice before trading their tallest and longest-tenured receiver for a 5th or possibly 6th round pick.

After the addition of Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson to go with rookie of the year candidate Jaylen Waddle, there’s no doubt that the Dolphins’ offensive speed has lifted dramatically.

But thin about what happens when your former first-round pick Parker is matched up against third or 4th string cornerbacks and sometimes even linebackers in a mismatch?

Parker should be able to not only exploit matchups against weaker defenders but also continue to be a top option at the goal line and utilize his best skill which is high pointing any ball that goes his way.

Although Parker has had most of his NFL success with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm,  an improved offensive line should help the chemistry between him and third-year QB Tua Tagovailoa.

Speed kills but it also creates injury concerns.

I’m not ensuing  Hill, Wilson, or Waddle will get hurt but injuries are part of the game. After letting Mack Hollins depart to the Las Vegas Raiders, the depth that Parker provides could be critical in a 17-game season, and trading a former first-rounder for a bag of potato chips probably isn’t the way to go.