Chiefs' Ron Parker: Expected to become free agent

The Chiefs informed Parker on Monday that he would be released prior to the start of the new league year, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.

In cutting Parker, who the club re-signed on a five-year, $25 million contract in March 2015, the Chiefs will free up roughly $5 million in cap space. The 30-year-old Parker is coming off a rough 2017 campaign in which he struggled in both run support and pass defense, grading out as Pro Football Focus' 86th-ranked safety among 89 qualifiers. Teams should still be interested in Parker's services as a depth defensive back or short-term starting option, but he'll unlikely to receive much guaranteed money in his next contract.

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