Parker recorded eight tackles (six solo), two passes defensed and one interception across 82 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Chargers. Parker signed a contract with the Falcons this offseason after spending the majority of his career with the Chiefs, but he was released by Atlanta during roster cuts. The Chiefs were quick to re-sign the veteran safety and it paid off, as Parker played every defensive down and secured a key interception off Philip Rivers in the third quarter of Sunday's victory.
Parker is signing with the Chiefs, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports. After spending most of his career with the Chiefs, the 31-year-old safety signed a one-year contract to join the Falcons in June. He was then released by Atlanta on Friday, paving the way for a return to Kansas City, where injuries have taken a toll at safety. Parker figures to open the season in a reserve role.
Parker was released by the Falcons on Friday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Parker signed with Atlanta this offseason after logging over 1,000 defensive snaps for the Chiefs in each of the past four years. However, the veteran became expendable after the Falcons acquired fellow safety Jordan Richards from the Patriots on Friday. Now an unrestricted free agent, Parker shouldn't have much trouble finding a new home.
Parker agreed to a one-year contract with Atlanta on Monday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The Falcons add depth to their secondary with the signing of Parker, an experienced player who has taken snaps at cornerback, free safety and strong safety in his seven professional seasons. The 30-year-old defensive back had brief stints with the Raiders, Seahawks and Panthers at the beginning of his career but made a name for himself in Kansas City where he played in all 80 of the team's games since 2014 (with 64 starts), accumulating 279 tackles and nine interceptions during that span. Parker became dispensable for the Chiefs after enduring his worst season as a pro, compiling just four pass deflections after picking up 12 in each of the previous three years, while his overall performance ranked 84th out of 87 qualified safeties in 2017, per Pro Football Focus.
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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