The New England Patriots get some business done on the wide receiver front before training camp begins next month. No, they didn’t reach an agreement with free agent DeAndre Hopkins, but they did agree with DeVante Parker on a new three-year contract worth $33 million. according to NFL Media. The deal reportedly includes $14 million in guarantees and roster bonuses per game.
Parker wanted to extend his contract to bring a Super Bowl back to New England, Ian Rapoport reports. The 30-year-old wideout entered the final year of his deal, which Spotrac said would earn him $5.7 million in base salary. In his first season with the Patriots, Parker caught 31 passes for 539 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games. Despite missing four games, Parker was New England’s second best receiver. His 17.4 yards per reception led all Patriots wideouts in 2022.
Parker was traded from the rival Miami Dolphins along with a fifth-round pick to the Patriots for a third-round selection in the offseason. In seven seasons with Miami, Parker averaged 50.8 yards per game and caught 24 touchdowns. His best season came back in 2019, when he caught 72 passes for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns. The veteran receiver serves as a consistent presence for young Mac Jones, who is expected to take another step forward in his development this coming season with new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.
The Patriots came in on Wednesday with $14.95 million in cap space (10th in the league in cap space remaining). New England is one of two teams that hosted Hopkins, who is looking for a new home. It is not known if this new contract will affect the Patriots’ pursuit of the five-time All-Pro.