DeVante Parker to the Patriots, is OBJ next?
The NFL off-season is wacky up to this point with multiple big-name trades that have changed the landscape of the league. Up until now Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have stayed out of the spotlight. Last year the Patriots were part of a free agent frenzy, so it comes as no surprise that they were not players this year. However, that all changed when they made a trade to acquire wide receiver DeVante Parker from the Miami Dolphins. Does this change anything for either team? We are about to find out.
Details of the DeVante Trade
The Patriots get Parker and a 2022 fifth-round pick and the Dolphins get a 2023 third-round pick. It’s a good deal for both teams. The Dolphins get a high draft pick for a player they no longer want and the Patriots get a veteran wideout to fill a void. The Patriots played well last year, but they need to keep up with the ever improving AFC.
What does Vegas Say?
The Patriots are predicted to get 8.5 wins this season. That is tied with the Dolphins and below the Bills who are favorites to win the AFC. The odds to win the AFC East did not change much either as Buffalo is the clear-cut favorite. Parker has only gone over 1,000 yards once in his career. He is a great addition, but not necessarily a game-changer. But, this signing may attract another top-tier pass-catcher by the name of Odell Beckham Jr.
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There is Still Time to sign Odell
The Patriots reportedly had talks with Odell before the trade with Parker. Now many assume that the deal is dead since the Pats landed Parker. But don’t count out the Patriots just yet. Beckham and Belichick admire one another and they would love to play with one another. The Patriots love to make unexpected moves and don’t count this team out of the OBJ race just yet. The Patriots need to keep pace with the Dolphins and catch up with the Bills. That may happen sooner than you think.