Given that the second season is a team option with no guarantees, Parker will have one year to prove himself under a new coaching staff led by Brian Flores and offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea. The contract does essentially assure the 26-year-old of a spot on the 53-man roster, with a decent shot to earn regular snaps alongside Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson (hip). The Dolphins have a number of other deficiencies as they begin a rebuilding process, but it won't come as any surprise if they add more talent at wide receiver in the coming weeks/months. Parker won't be handed anything.
Reports earlier this offseason suggested the Dolphins would rescind Parker's fifth-year option and allow him to walk in free agency. It now appears the team will give him a shot to establish himself with a new coaching staff, working on a two-year contract that maxes out at $13 million with incentives. The quarterback situation in Miami remains unsettled as the team begins a rebuilding plan under new head coach Brian Flores.
The 14th overall pick from the 2015 draft is technically under team control for 2019 via the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, but the $9.4 million salary is guaranteed for injury only. Parker did suffer a shoulder injury in November, but he's presumably fine to pass a physical after playing in six straight games to close out the season. He was held to 10 catches for 84 yards during that stretch, finishing the year with a 24-309-1 receiving line on 47 targets (6.6 yards per target) in 11 games. His YPT mark has decreased each year he's been in the league, but the 26-year-old still figures to draw some interest on the open market thanks to his draft spot and 6-foot-3 frame. Parker has nine touchdowns and four 100-yard games through 54 NFL appearances.
Parker did not catch any of his three targets during Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Bills. He ends the season with 24 receptions for 309 yards and one touchdown.
Parker's fourth season in the NFL has been his statistical worst in terms of receptions and yards, and his one touchdown grab ties a career-low. Formerly a focal point of the Dolphins' offense, the former 2015 14th overall pick fell out of favor in Miami's offense and was phased out of gameplans midway through the season. All signs point towards the Dolphins parting ways with Parker this offseason, despite having previously picked up his fifth-year option. It's possible that a change in scenery will do well for the 25-year-old, but it seems very unlikely that Parker will live up to his draft capital any time soon.
Parker caught two of three targets for 12 yards during Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Jaguars.
The former 2015 first-round pick tied Danny Amendola for the most targets among Miami's wideouts during the Week 16 loss, which shows how much quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggled to make noise in the passing game. Parker has only exceeded 50 receiving yards in one game this season and has been phased out of his former role as a focal point in the Dolphins' offense. He'll remain off the fantasy radar heading into a Week 17 visit to the Bills.
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