Parry was a starter for the Colts just two seasons ago, but he hasn't been able to make a name for himself in either New Orleans or Minnesota over the past two seasons. He'll now get an offseason to carve out a reserve role with the Patriots in advance of the 2019 campaign.
Parry was waived by the Vikings on Saturday.
This will mark the second time Parry has been waived by the Vikings this season. He will likely again revert to their practice squad assuming he clears waivers. He was let go in order to boost depth on the offensive line.
Parry was originally waived by Minnesota on Sept. 19, but was signed back after the team placed rookie Mike Hughes (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday. The former Stanford standout has already played two games with Minnesota this season, accumulating two tackles (one solo) and one sack. Parry could face a tough competition for snaps, as Minnesota has a loaded depth chart at defensive tackle.
Parry was waived by the Vikings on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Parry was the odd man out on Minnesota's roster after the team signed veteran Tom Johnson earlier this week. Though Parry managed to log a sack on Aaron Rodgers in Week 2, the backup defensive tackle doesn't seem to have shown enough to stick with the team. Considering his experience as a starter, it shouldn't be difficult for Parry to latch on with another club in the future.
Parry is preparing for a backup role at defensive tackle, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Showing no signs of the ankle injury that landed him on injured reserve last September, Parry has appeared to be a good fit in Mike Zimmer's defense throughout the spring workout program. The veteran's backup status is no inditement of his talent playing behind Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson, though. After all, the veteran was a 16-game starter for the Colts in 2015 and 2016. The likely reason Minnesota got him for cheap this spring -- Parry is playing on a one-year, minimum-salary contract in 2018 -- is that the defensive tackle is rehabbing his market value in the wake of a February 2017 arrest that drew Parry a four-game suspension last season. Parry has since satisfied said suspension, and is good to go for the start of the upcoming campaign.
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