Recent Eagles addition won't don Philly's jersey after all

DeVante Parker calls it a career after nine NFL seasons.
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A busy offseason that has featured a couple of well-publicized Philadelphia Eagles retirements adds another to its list of transactions. Two legends, Jason Kelce and Fletcher Cox, rode off into the sunset in March. Two months later, one of the new guys is calling it a career.

ESPN's Senior NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, was the first to inform us of the news.

DeVante Parker calls it a career after nine seasons in the NFL.

There we were, settling into our evenings, and we thought it would be a quiet one. It wasn't. As they tend to do from time to time, the Birds took care of that plan with an unexpected announcement that seemingly came out of nowhere.

Schefty reports recently-acquired Eagles wide receiver DeVante Parker is hanging up the cleats. He does so after nine NFL seasons and without having stepped into Philly's jersey.

Here's the announcement.

Parker, the 14th-overall selection of the 2015 NFL Draft earned First-Team All-AAC honors in 2013 and Second-Team All-ACC honors in 2014 as a member of the Louisville Cardinals. The Miami Dolphins made him a first-round selection. He remained there from 2015 until 2021.

A two-year stay with the New England Patriots preceded him finding his way to the City of Brotherly Love this past March. But, as mentioned, he has determined that it's best for him that he call it a career. We wish him the best in his post-football life.

He leaves the game having hauled in 402 receptions for 5,660 yards and 27 trips to the end zone during 119 regular-season games with 88 starts. He hauled in another four receptions for 55 yards during the lone postseason game of his career.

Hmmm... We wonder what that depth chart and initial 53-man roster might look like now as some thought he had a chance to earn a role on this team as a starting slot receiver. This possibly opens the door for another new addition, Parris Campbell, as some thought he might be on the outside looking in once Philly had to announce an initial 53-man roster.

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