5 wide receivers the Detroit Lions could trade for this offseason
2. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
A first-round pick back in 2015, Parker has just never quite put it all together over seven seasons with the Dolphins. Over the last couple years, he particularly doesn’t seem to have consistent chemistry with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his skill set doesn’t mesh with what Tagovailoa does best as a passer. It’s not a coincidence Parker’s best season (72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns in 2019) came when Ryan Fitzpatrick started 13 games for Miami.
Jared Goff is definitely more toward the Tagovailoa end of the aggressiveness spectrum. But if his late-season surge is a sign of more aggression to come, a big target like Parker (6-foot-3, 219 pounds) looks like an ideal fit. Parker has two years left on his contract, with cap hits totaling $17.7 million.
1. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Ridley stepped away from the Falcons during the season to focus on his mental health, and he never returned to the field as team literally had no news to offer. Subsequent reporting has pointed to he and the Falcons moving toward a parting of ways this offseason, and there’s sure to be a solid trade market for him.
Ridley proved he is a No. 1 wide receiver in 2020, when he posted 90 catches for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. In Atlanta or if he ends up elsewhere, his talent is clear.
Teams with interest will surely inquire about (or back channel “investigate”) where Ridley is with his mental health, which should not be discounted as unimportant moving forward. The Lions should be among the teams with interest. Contractually, he’ll be playing on a $11.1 million fifth-year option in 2022.