BREAKING: Eagles WR DeVante Parker officially retires from the NFL after 9 seasons

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 19: Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) goes up for a catch during the NFL Football match between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills on September 19th, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL. (Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire)

One of the more interesting signings of the Eagles offseason was WR DeVante Parker, who many felt would be in the lead for the WR3 role. Before OTAs have completely kicked off, it looks like Parker will no longer be in a position to compete for that role. At 31 years old, the former standout wide receiver has announced his retirement from football.

Per Adam Schefter, Parker has decided to retire to spend more time with his family. DeVante Parker has mentioned, “I want to see my kids, spend quality time with them”. He continued by saying, “ I want to be there for them whenever I can.”

In his prime, Parker was one of the more prolific wide receivers in Miami. His best season came in 2019 where he finished the year with 72 receptions, 1,202 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns. He spent seven years in Miami before being traded to the New England Patriots in 2022 where he spent the last two seasons of his career.

He’ll finish his career with 5,660 receiving yards, 27 touchdowns, and 402 receptions. The Eagles could’ve been the perfect spot for Parker early on in his career but it would’ve been interesting to have seen what he had left in the tank while dawning midnight green.

Howie Roseman
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 24: Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is pictured during the National Football League game between the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles on November 24, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles will now have an open spot for another potential add at the WR position. While the competition between Ainias Smith and Parris Campbell could be interesting, I would still expect Philly to add some certainty to the group. Campbell hasn’t had a full healthy season in quite some time while Smith won’t be expected to have a significant impact during his rookie season.

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