Game-Changer Secured: Patriots Lock in Vital Offensive Weapon with Groundbreaking Deal
DeVante Parker was acquired by the New England Patriots through trade last offseason in the hopes that he would regain the form he had in 2019 when he racked up 1,202 yards and nine scores for the Miami Dolphins.
Parker wasn’t quite that player for the Patriots in 2022, but he was a crucial component of an offensive strategy for a group that, to be completely honest, didn’t have much of one. Expectations can’t be high when Matt Patricia and Joe Judge are your offensive coordinators for the whole season.
The New England Patriots are prepared to enter 2023 with some focus and raised expectations now that Bill O’Brien is in charge of the offense and quarterback Mac Jones could be ready to reclaim the limelight. Concerning expectations, they have a new, revised contract for Parker.
Parker’s contract, which he negotiated with the Miami Dolphins, was transferred to the Patriots in the 2022 trade, meaning he still had two years left on it and was due to make $5.7 million in 2023. Parker will earn up to $33 million under the new contract, an extension until 2025. This amount will include roster bonuses, playing time, and performance bonuses.
Parker’s basic pay in 2023 is now anticipated to decrease, which is excellent news for the Pats. The agreement is anticipated to have a similar structure for 2024 and 2025, which is excellent news for Parker since if he meets all of his incentives, he may earn more than the $5.7 he was initially supposed to receive in 2023. The agreement, negotiated by Parker’s longtime representative and Management One owner Jimmy Gould, also contains per-game roster incentives and guarantees totaling $14 million. In NE, Parker finds a residence.
Parker played 51% of the offensive snaps for the Patriots last season, recording 31 receptions for 539 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.
The Patriots added JuJu Smith-Schuster this summer to improve their offense, which only gained an average of 208 yards via the air per game. In addition to Tyquan Thornton and Kendrick Bourne, Parker, and Smith-Schuster are anticipated to play a significant role in New England’s passing offense in 2023.
The Parker Effect: Revolutionizing the New England Patriots
It guarantees that Parker and Hopkins will be paired together should they be able to close a deal. In a receiving room, Hopkins, Parker, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Tyquan Thornton would be interesting. It is still being determined what it may imply for a player like Kendrick Bourne, who is in the final year of his deal. However, Bourne is now in the running with a unit that, on paper, still appears to be insecure. When on the field, Parker is a remarkable talent, but injuries have also marred his career. Along with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Parker will stick out in the Patriots’ receiving corps, which might still require some improvement on paper. It isn’t easy to imagine improving at 30 years old.