DeVante Parker was a star at Louisville who looked every bit the part of a future NFL standout. The Miami Dolphins made him the No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
He’s struggled to really make a huge impact on the field for the Dolphins due to injury, and now, what appears to be a severed relationship with head coach Adam Gase.
Parker was a surprising scratch for the team this weekend against the Detroit Lions, a 32-21 loss. He has played in just two games this season, catching two passes for 40 yards on four total targets.
He’s reportedly been dealing with injuries once again this year, but Parker and agent Jimmy Gould insist that he is good to go.
In an interview with ESPN, DeVante Parker’s agent blasted Dolphins coach Adam Gase as “incompetent.”
From Cameron Wolfe’s report:
“Coach Gase is incompetent — period — and not telling the truth when it comes to DeVante, who is totally healthy and was needed big-time today. This is the third game he has done this to DeVante this year. It’s sickening and a grossly unfair characterization of my client.”
“I find the decision to make DeVante inactive today by Coach Gase incompetent and insulting. It’s also just not true and I am sick of hearing him say my player is not healthy. This is the third game this year that DeVante should have played in when you include the Jets and [New England]. DeVante is healthy and with injuries and [the Dolphins’] 6.1 [YPC], DeVante could have and should have been allowed to contribute.
“What a horrific decision by Coach Gase and he needs to take a very long look in the mirror and make himself inactive.”
The “incompetence” allegation is the clear through-line there.
Earlier this month, the Dolphins were reportedly looking to trade Parker, but the asking price has been too high. It is unclear what impact the Dallas Cowboys’ trade for Amari Cooper, in which they are sending a first-round pick back to the Oakland Raiders, will have.
As of now, a divorce seems like it would do both sides plenty of good, especially if the Dolphins won’t even put Parker on the field.