Kicking ‘em while they’re down.
Pouring salt in the wound.
Adding insult to injury (literally).
And then some dope tweeted, “The Dolphins need Ryan Tannehill back ASAP.. ..as a WR.”
(That last one may have been me. Sorry.)
The Miami Dolphins played a terrible game on Sunday, losing 32-21 to the Detroit Lions, and pretty much doing everything wrong that they could. And if that outcome wasn’t bad enough, wide receiver DeVante Parker’s agent decided to go on a rant of his own.
James Gould, who is Parker’s agent, released a statement to reporters about an hour after the game. As Barry Jackson reports, Gould wrote, “I am responding that (Gase) is not telling the truth and his decision was an example of poor management and cost the team the best opportunity to win. He continues attacking the health of my client and this is not acceptable.
“Parker is not only healthy but wants to help this team win, and the only real question that should be asked is how does Coach Gase justify his own incompetence? (The Dolphins) averaged only 6.1 yards per pass catch today. They needed Parker, who is completely healthy and was in full participation all week and in warm ups this morning.”
He concluded with, “Something smells in Miami.”
Then in an interview with the Miami Herald, Gould showed just how incensed he is with the perceived treatment of his client.
“I’m sick to my stomach,” he said. “I’m tired of watching coach Gase make these decisions. This was the third game DeVante should have played and didn’t. Coach Gase should have made himself inactive. He has taken advantage of a great young man, a terrifically gifted football player with God-given talent, and made him a scapegoat.”
It would seem quite likely that Parker has played his last game for Miami, as outbursts like this from a player’s agent certainly don’t bode well with the team. There have been rumblings on the trade front that Parker has been discussed with other teams as a possible trade target, with the Philadelphia Eagles being one of the teams confirmed to have been in contact with the Dolphins. But to date nothing concrete has come from those talks.
The Dolphins have declined to comment on Gould’s remarks. But they are rumored to be seeking a third round pick for Parker. Should a trade come to fruition, it is expected to be far less compensation for a player that currently is the team’s fifth wide receiver, and as such has more likely been inactive because he doesn’t contribute on special teams.
Then again, the Miami Dolphins also suddenly have a distinct need at wide receiver, with both Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills currently hobbled by injury, so the team may decide to ride out the storm out of necessity. It will certainly be something to keep an eye on in the coming days.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter: @EJFootball
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