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Veteran WR DeVante Parker is retiring after nine seasons in the NFL, just months into his contract with the Eagles

DeVante Parker calls it a career.

The longtime wide receiver, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, decided to retire Monday. The decision, he told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, had a lot to do with a desire to spend more time with his four children.

“I want to see my kids and spend quality time with them,” he said. “I want to be there for them whenever I can.”

Parker got his start with the Miami Dolphins, who selected him No. 14 overall out of Louisville in the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent his first seven years in the league with the franchise and had a career-high of 1,202 during the 2019 campaign yards and nine touchdowns.

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He spent the last two seasons with the New England Patriots, and he had 394 yards on 33 catches in 2023. The Patriots went just 4-13 last season, and it was the only season of Parker’s career in which he didn’t score a goal. landing.

Parker signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Eagles in the offseason ahead of what would have been his tenth year in the league. Instead, he chooses to walk away.

Parker finishes with 5,660 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns in his career.

“Everyone always welcomed me with open arms, and I appreciated them for that,” he said. “I also appreciate the Dolphins for drafting me and giving me the opportunity. I will always have love for the dolphins and their organization. And I also want to thank all the teams, the Patriots and the Eagles. But the Dolphins were the first team and I want to thank them very much.”

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