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Dolphins reverse course- will keep WR Devante Parker

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Maybe the Miami Dolphins aren’t just playing for 2020 and beyond, after all. This after every indication was that Miami was going to allow receiver DeVante Parker to test the free-agent market by rescinding the option year of his rookie contract.

Instead of allowing Parker to be free, he and the team have apparently agreed to a two-year new contract that will pay him $13 million dollars to remain in Aqua and White.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald had the contract details of the surprise move Tuesday afternoon:

Miami was working with the Tuesday afternoon deadline to either pay Parker $9.4 million for 2019 under the terms of the CBA for fifth year options average at his position. Or, they could let him become a free agent. Or finally, do what they did, which is sign him to a different deal.

Parker had a contentious situation with previous head coach Adam Gase that had he and his agent disputing whether Parker was really hurt at the beginning of last year. That’s when Gase was refusing to activate/play him in the preseason and at the start of the regular season.

Parker played in a career-low 11 games with only 24 catches for 309 yards and just one touchdown in 2018. The lowest output levels for all three categoires in his four-year career with the dolphins.

Miami already released veteran Danny Amendola in a salary cap move prior to free agency, but now made the commitment for Parker to be part of their receiving corps with Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant.

The important change was the new coaching staff led by Brian Flores, and his new offensive coordinator he brought with him from New England, Chad O’Shea.

They obviously convinced GM Chris Grier, or Grier convinced them, that Parker was worth bringing back according to what Miami could afford. And, according to whom else would be out there to help them via free agency or the draft, if Parker walked away

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Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers

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The Dolphins remained true to their “lose at all costs” mentality for 2019, as they dealt last season’s #1 pick, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers on Monday night.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first with the news, including what Pittsburgh would be dealing in return:

As we wrote earlier Monday night, Fitzpatrick has been disgruntled in Miami just two horrible games into their season and was given permission to seek a trade last week. Apparently, Pittsburgh came up with the best offer, first, to get the former Alabama All American.

Fitzpatrick, who the Dolphins took with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, is disgruntled in part, because of the Dolphins “veteran purge” that has gone all in all offseason, stripping them of experienced talent everywhere. He further has been unhappy with new head coach Brian Flores and defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, moving him to different positions all over the defensive secondary in the preseason and the first two games of the year.

Fitzpatrick started and played significantly in most of Fins Sunday blowout loss to the Patriots 43-0 that dropped them to a dismal looking 0-2. And Pro Football Focus gave him a decent grade for Sunday:

GM Chris Grier continues to stock pile draft picks for the “named players” on his roster. This included the huge deal trading of starting LT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills on the eve of the season to the Houston Texans. Miami got the Texans next two #1 picks and their second rounder in 2021 in that deal.

The acquiring of the Steelers first rounder gives Miami three opening round picks now in next April’s draft.

Reportedly, the teams are also swapping fourth (Miami’s) and fifth round picks in 2020 and sixth (Pittsburgh’s) and seventh rounders in 2021, as part of the deal.

Grier had been busy getting rid of other veterans in the off season. This also included dealing players like QB Ryan Tannehill and DE Robert Quinn in March, veteran WR Danny Amendola being cut after just one season in Miami and Pro Bowl DE Cam Wake being allowed to walk away in free agency.

In addition to trading Tunsil and Stills, Grier dealt his most productive tackler the last three years, Kiko Alonso, to the Saints at the end of preseason, too.

Intriguingly, the Steelers, and Fitzpatrick, will host the Dolphins on Monday Night Football on October 28th.

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Report- Dolphins could have Minkah Fitzpatrick deal by Tuesday

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With the Dolphins season having already unraveled in just two games, it looks like their number one pick from a year ago is going to get his wish and be somewhere else, shortly.

This after a report Tuesday night from CBS NFL Insider, Jason La Canfora, that multiple teams have been engaged in trade talks with the Dolphins about DB Minkah Fitzpatrick and the team believes they will have a trade partner by Tuesday at the latest:

Fitzpatrick, who the Dolphins took with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, is disgruntled in part, because of the Dolphins “veteran purge” that has gone all in all offseason, stripping them of experienced talent everywhere. He further has been unhappy with new head coach Brian Flores and defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, moving him to different positions all over the defensive secondary in the preseason and the first two games of the year.

Fitzpatrick started and played significantly in most of Fins Sunday blowout loss to the Patriots 43-0 that dropped them to a dismal looking 0-2. And Pro Football focus gave him a decent grade for Sunday:

Reports surfaced last week that Fitzpatrick had asked for a trade, and the team had granted his agent permission to seek a trade with another club. However, Miami was demanding at least a first-round pick and probably more in return.

GM Chris Grier  dealt away fourth-year prize left tackle, Laremy Tunsil and veteran speedster wide receiver, Kenny Stills in a blockbuster trade in late August with the Houston Texans. Miami got  a pair of number one picks and a number two selection in the swap.

Grier and Flores have systematically rid themselves of veterans with significant salaries during the off season and preseason. This includes players like QB Ryan Tannehill and DE Robert Quinn being dealt in March, veteran WR Danny Amendola being cut after just one season in Miami and Pro Bowl DE Cam Wake being allowed to walk away in free agency.

In addition to trading Tunsil and Stills, Grier dealt his most productive tackler the last three years, Kiko Alonso, to the Saints at the end of preseason, too.

Three of the teams that La Canfora mentions are in the NFC East and are all playing the Dolphins. This includes, Miami playing at the Cowboys Sunday and the Redskins on October 13th.

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