Falcons had preliminary trade discussions surrounding former Dolphins WR Devante Parker

79620191201111 PHI at MIA

The Falcons’ most glaring need on the roster as it stands today has to be receiver. Atlanta lost Calvin Ridley for the 2022 season due to a suspension for gambling on games, while Russell Gage left in free agency after signing a lucrative deal with the Bucs. The Falcons pass catching core leaves much to be desired, but apparently, the front office isn’t just sitting on their hands. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Atlanta had some level of talks in hopes of trading for Devante Parker.

New England sent a third-round pick in 2023 to the Miami Dolphins for Parker and a 2022 fifth-round selection. The Patriots will inherit the remaining two years of his contract, which will pay him base salaries of $5.65 million in 2022 and $5.7 million in 2023.

Parker played in 10 games last season and hauled in 40 receptions for 515 yards and two touchdowns. His breakout season came in 2019 when he recorded 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns on 72 catches. However, injuries have slowed him down over the last two years.

Given Parker’s skill set, it is obvious why the Falcons pursued him. He’s a big athlete that has decent hands with better run-after-the-catch ability. A large target that can attack at all three levels from all three receiver spots with the ability to hurt a defense after the catch on in-cuts and crossing routes — staples of Arthur Smith’s offense.

The Falcons will now turn to the few free agents left on the market and the star-studded class of pass catchers in April’s draft.

Photographer: Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire



Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: