Eagles: Should Howie make a run at DeVante Parker?

Another veteran receiver has reportedly hit the trade block, and of course, the Philadelphia Eagles are among the teams interested in his services. Following the blockbuster trade between Miami and Kansas City that saw the Dolphins give up five draft picks for wideout Tyreek Hill, Miami has started taking phone calls on DeVante Parker, the consensus odd-man out in the now loaded Dolphins wide receiver room.

Howie Roseman has shown time and time again that he’s unwilling to spend big money on wideouts. Ever since the Golden Tate trade and the atrocious Alshon Jeffery contract, Roseman has avoided hauling over big contracts or valuable draft assets to acquire pass catchers.

It shouldn’t be a shock that the Eagles weren’t seriously involved in the Tyreek Hill sweepstakes, but taking on the now expendable Parker who has a reasonable price tag? That’s something Howie is certainly interested in.

Parker has two years remaining on his current deal. His cap hit for the final two years of his contract will be $5.6M and $5.7M respectively. The Eagles have approximately $14M remaining in cap space, so they’ll easily be able to fit Parker’s contract in their books.

The determining factor here will be Miami’s asking price. Given the fact that they just gave up five draft picks, they’re probably going to want to replenish their draft pool a little bit. Parker is coming off a bit of a down year, starting eight games while recording 40 receptions for 515 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He ended the season on IR.

If Howie can procure Parker for a mid-round pick, perhaps a fifth-rounder, then this is a no-brainer move. The Titans trade for Robert Woods should be the template here. Woods, coming off an injury plagued season, yielded a 2023 sixth-round pick after the Rams acquired Allen Robinson. Woods is a year older then Parker and his cap hit is much higher ($15.75M in 2022, $17.5M in 2023). Given the hefty cap number and age difference, it’s easy to see why LA only got a sixth-round pick in return for Woods. Bumping that pick up to this year and making it a fifth-rounder for Parker seems like fair compensation.

Parker is a big bodied wideout who would be a great fit in the Eagles wide receiving corps. Standing at 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, the former first-round pick is a perfect complement to DeVonta Smith’s skill set. You could argue that Zach Pascal also fits that criteria, but it goes without saying that Parker is more accomplished in that role and presents much more upside.

The Eagles have been pretty quiet this offseason, but a move like this could get fans right back on the Howie bandwagon.

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