DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins are closing in on a two-year deal with receiver DeVante Parker, a league source told ESPN. The deal is worth up to $ 13 million if he hits every incentive included in the contract.
The new deal wipes away the fifth-year option worth $ 9.4 million that would have been guaranteed if Parker was still on the roster.
NFL Network was first to report the agreement.
The Dolphins exercised their fifth-year option on Parker last April in hopes that the player would realize the potential that got him 14th overall in the 2015 draft out of Louisville.
Parker's bouts with injuries and inconsistency prevented him from becoming that player, but the new regime still wants to invest in Parker at a lower cost.
Parker's best season came in 2016 when he finished on the Dolphins with 744 receiving yards on 56 catches and four touchdowns. He had 24 catches for 307 yards and a touchdown in 11 games last season.
Parker, at 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver, has the ability to take over games.
In 2018, Parker seemed to find himself on Adam Gase's doghouse at times. Parker's agent, Jimmy Gould, made headlines around midseason by calling Gase "incompetent" in statements to the media.
But it's a new era in Miami under head coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier. They want to see if Parker, 26, can reignite his career.
Parker will rejoin a young Dolphins receiver corps that features Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant.