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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – DeVante Parker got his wish fulfilled; The Miami Dolphins received the draft capital they were looking for; and the New England Patriots got a player they hope will be a top wide receiver for quarterback Mac Jones.
That’s how the primary people involved in the rare intra-division trade – the Dolphins, who sent Parker and a 2022 fifth-round pick to the Patriots for a 2023 third-rounder – described what was unfolding. There have only been six intra-division trades in the NFL over the past five years, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
“I chose to be traded here,” Parker said Thursday in his first interview since the April 2 deal. “my agent [Jimmy Gould] look me up, just tell me what the situation was and the options I had for the teams to go to. The first on my list was the Patriots. I’m just glad we were able to get everything done. “
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier confirmed Wednesday that this is how it went down, noting that when Miami switched to Tyreek Hill after signing free agent receiver Cedrick Wilson, Parker’s status with the team changed.
“When you have an opportunity to do justice to the player and the organization – both sides feel good about it. It was never something where we [had] planned to trade DeVante, “Grier said, highlighting how trading with Hill changed the momentum.
“Several teams called; the Patriots were the most aggressive. We worked with the agent, talked to DeVante, we also wanted to do it right by him. Getting the third-round pick was very important to us. We were fine if it was in year or next year. “
Parker, who played the first seven years of his career with the Dolphins, has spent the past week participating in the Patriots’ volunteer offseason program.
He said he enjoyed playing in front of Patriots fans as an AFC East rival, saying that’s one of the reasons he decided to be in New England was “just something I want to be a part of. “
The 6-foot-3, 219-pound player added that he likes to play in different places, which is an integral part of the Patriots’ attack, and that he hopes to add a presence down the field that can heighten deliveries from Jones, second-year quarterback.
Parker has previously spent time working with Jones in Tampa, Florida, along with other Patriots receivers Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers.
“My impression of Mac: He has a nice arm on him. He zipped it up,” Parker said. “It was a great workout for all of us. It was good for me to get down and start throwing with him early, get the timing down.
“Mac is a good quarterback. The way he throws the ball is not tough. He throws a catchy ball. That’s something I look forward to over the course of the season.”