Fun facts about new Eagles wide receiver DeVante Parker and the new deal he signed

Our new DeVante is a very interesting dude. So are the terms of his deal.

DeVante Parker, Philadelphia Eagles
DeVante Parker, Philadelphia Eagles / Cooper Neill/GettyImages

Admittedly, we were a tad bummed out when last season ended. A 10-1 start by our Philadelphia Eagles... an epic collapse... six losses in the final seven games including an embarrassing tail-kicking to close the Wild Card Round of the most recent NFL Playoffs. All of the hope that we entered the campaign with died a few weeks short of the Super Bowl.

We knew tons of elbow grease would be needed to right what was suddenly a rickety ship. Still, Howie Roseman promised during his and Nick Sirianni's season-ending presser that he "would aggressively be going after" great players to improve this roster. Doggone it (as Brian Dawkins would say), Howie has kept his promise.

Philly needed an edge rusher, a starting-level safety, help at running back, reinforcements at linebacker, depth along the offensive line, and a third wide receiver to complement A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Howie responded by agreeing to terms with C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Saquon Barkley, Zack Baun, Matt Hennessy, and DeVante Parker. He also extended key pieces: Brandon Graham, Rick Lovato, and Braden Mann.

That DeVante Parker signing has been overlooked as Philly's reunion with C.J. Gardner-Johnson has caused quite a stir (and has led to a few makeup texts)., but make no mistake about it. This is a good addition. It also ensured Quez Watkins and Olamide Zaccheaus would be Eagles no more.

Credit ESPN's Adam Schefter for being one of the first to provide the update. Let's discuss this in further detail.

Here's are a few fun facts about new Eagles wide receiver DeVante Parker (and an intriguing nugget about the deal he'll sign.

DeVante Parker is a six-foot-three, 215-pound matchup nightmare. He's two inches taller than A.J. Brown but 11 pounds lighter. In other words, he's too big for some of the smaller slot corners in the game to cover. and he's too fast for some linebackers to match up with. Look for him to get a few looks in the red zone and on third-down attempts, but in the meantime, here are a few fun facts about him and his contract. We're certain you'll find a few of these to be interesting.

DeVante Parker doesn't satisfy Philly's desire to get younger, but he's a good addition nonetheless.

In most circles,, turning 31 years old is a true sign of maturity. You're truly settling into adulthood after reaching three decades of life. In football circles, however, turning 30 means people are often trying to sway you into retiring.

The Eagles have mentioned, whether directly or indirectly, that they intend to get younger. This won't assist in that, but Parker has a lot of good football left in him.

Parker is a former three-sport star at the prep level and former two-time All-State performer.

Parker's chances of becoming great were noticeable early. As a much younger version of himself, He attended Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky. He ran track while also playing basketball and football.

He was rated as the 26th-best wide receiver in the nation by and the 77th-best wide receiver nationally by He chose to join the Louisville Cardinals despite receiving offers from Kentucky, Indiana, and UCF. He earned First-Team All-AAC honors in 2013 and Second-Team All-ACC honors in 2014 before being drafted 14th overall during the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, six picks before the Eagles chose Nelson Agholor.

The Patriots are picking up most of the tab.

After seven seasons in Miami, Parker signed with the New England Patriots on April 5th, 2022. After being released this offseason, he has found a new home in the City of Brotherly Love.

Here's what's intriguing. According to Schefter's report, Parker's one-year, $4.69 million deal if fully guaranteed, but the Pats pick up most of the tab as Philly is only paying $1.2 million. How does Howie Roseman always seem to make these types of things happen?

Parker's agent Jimmy Gould on the deal... “DeVante is thrilled and grateful to become a Philadelphia Eagle and to help this elite organization win a championship,”

Yes, Eagles fans... There are two guys with the same name who are playing the same position in the wide receiver room. We shouldn't have any issues with distinguishing one from another though. In the meantime, DeVonta meet DeVante!

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