Parker was released by the Chiefs on Tuesday, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports. Parker's release comes as a bit of a surprise after he played nearly 90 percent of the team's defensive snaps this season, though he was a healthy scratch near the end of the year. His release coincided with the activation of offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Parker will become a free agent and, barring he's signed by one of the other three remaining playoff teams, set his sights on making another roster in 2019.
Parker is inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. Parker did not appear on Kansas City's injury report this week, making him a healthy scratch for Week 16. Jordan Lucas will draw the start at free safety versus Seattle, opposite veteran Eric Berry.
Parker recorded eight tackles (seven solo) and one pass defended in the Chiefs' 54-51 loss to the Rams on Monday. In one of the highest scoring games in NFL history, Parker was one of the lone bright spots for the Chiefs defense Monday. The 31-year-old safety was able to lead the team in tackles and keep up his stellar 5.2 tackles per game average. Parker and the Chiefs will be on bye this week.
Parker totaled two tackles and one sack during Sunday's 26-14 victory over Arizona. Parker's sack of Josh Rosen was his first since the 2015 campaign. The quarterback takedown helped make for an otherwise disappointing stat line for Parker, who had averaged 5.2 tackles per game entering the Week 10 tilt. He'll have a good chance at reaching higher production Monday night against a high-powered Rams offense that should test the Kansas City secondary early and often.
Parker made nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 43-40 loss to the Patriots. More pressure was on Parker this week while Eric Berry (heel) and Eric Murray (lower leg) sat out. Parker's performance ties tied his season-high tackle total, and he could be relied on again in Week 7 against the Bengals if Berry and Murray can't shake their injuries.