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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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