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3 trade destinations for DeVante Parker before the deadline

Devante Parker trade destinations
BILL INGRAM /THE PALM BEACH POST / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Miami Dolphins added to their wide receiving corps this past offseason, signing Will Fuller to a lucrative, one-year deal. They also added Jaylen Waddle, selecting him sixth overall in April's NFL Draft. With the new additions to the roster, seven-year pro DeVante Parker could possibly be on the move.

With the Nov 2. trade deadline just days away, NFL teams around the league are doing whatever they can to add to their roster. But not the Miami Dolphins. They're in last place of the AFC East when they came into the year hoping to compete for a playoff spot.

So it makes sense for the team to look into trading some veterans who may not be in the team's long-term plans, such as Parker.

  • DeVante Parker stats: 17 receptions, 242 receiving yards, one touchdown, 14.2 yards per catch

Even with the Dolphins dealing with quarterback injuries, having started both Tua Tagovailoa and Jacoby Brissett this season, Parker was on pace for another 1,000-yard season before missing the past three games battling shoulder and hamstring injuries. Now reportedly 100% again, Parker could be desirable for a number of teams hoping to add to their wide receiver group.

Here are three teams who could benefit from trading for Parker.

Pittsburgh Steelers replace JuJu with DeVante Parker

NFL: AFC Wild Card-Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers
Jan 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell (31) defends in the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers seemingly always have a solid wide receiver group that goes three-deep. But lately they haven't been able to find a No. 1 receiver. Now, their most accomplished wideout, JuJu Smith-Schuster has been ruled out for the season with a dislocated shoulder.

While they still have James Washington who has been biding his time waiting for another opportunity, they may add another pass-catcher who has the potential to win outside. DeVante Parker's best season came in 2019 when he topped 1,200 receiving yards, catching nine touchdowns. Adding Parker would allow the Steelers to continue operating 3-WR sets while adding more speed to the lineup.

If the Steelers aren't planning to re-sign JuJu this offseason, it's possible Parker could be added now to ensure they have some depth at the position heading into 2022 with Parker under contract through 2023.

New Orleans Saints provide Jameis Winston with another weapon

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
Sep 19, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) catches a football during a warmup exercise prior the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Replacing the retired Drew Brees, Jameis Winston has done admirably without his best receiver Michael Thomas. Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris don't have the ability to be any team's No. 1 receiver, which is fine, since they still have Thomas. But they also don't do much to intimidate any defenses.

With the New Orleans Saints remaining competitive, they could look to add another explosive option to their offense. Miami's DeVante Parker could add some speed and size to a lineup in need of another playmaker. With Thomas expected back in the lineup soon, Parker would be a nice complement at the other starting receiver position, with Alvin Kamara continuing to eat up space underneath.

San Francisco 49ers build receiver depth with DeVante Parker trade

NFL: Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers
October 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) catches a touchdown pass against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Brian Allen (48) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers may be home to the greatest wide receiver of all time in Jerry Rice, but he hung up his cleats long ago. Even though they're struggling this year, with how tough of a time Kyle Shanahan has had finding reliable receivers outside of Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, could they finally look to solve their issues with a small trade?

DeVante Parker isn't going to be anyone's No. 1 receiver, but with the 49ers having Kittle and Samuel, he wouldn't have to be. The idea of John Lynch trading for another receiver who has an injury-prone label may make 49ers fans collectively groan, but the truth is, he would immediately be the teams best receiver behind Samuel and Kittle.

2020 first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk hasn't been able to take the next step in his development and has drawn the ire of his head coach. Maybe a trade for Parker is just what their young receiver needs to light a fire under his cleats.