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.
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.
Parker is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Parker will get a rest day Sunday since the Chiefs can't better their playoff seeding. He's been in a bit of a slump lately, but he still averages 4.5 tackles per game and has snagged two interceptions on the way. Expect Leon McQuay and Eric Murray both to see an increase in defensive snaps in Parker's place.
Parker had three tackles (two solo) and one fumble recovery Sunday against the Dolphins.
This was Parker's second straight week with three tackles and a fumble recovery, but he added an interception in the previous week. Parker now has 68 tackles (59 solo) through 15 games, and he played all 57 defensive snaps Sunday. The Chiefs have clinched the No. 4 AFC playoff spot and can't move up, though, so don't be surprised if Parker is rested at some point Sunday.
Parker had three solo tackles, two pass breakups and one interception Saturday against the Chargers.
Parker was on the field for 60 of 64 defensive snaps, and he was able to contribute his first stats in coverage since Week 9 against the Cowboys. This was a nice treat for fantasy owners who stuck with Parker, but his consistently low tackle count should keep him out of most lineups for the time being.
Parker logged eight tackles (five solo) to lead the Chiefs in Sunday night's victory over the Texans.
Parker has been inconsistent so far this season, as he has recorded 19 of his 25 tackles in just two games. The veteran free safety also has failed to record a turnover or sack. He was one of two defenders to play all 64 snaps in Week 5, so he figures to have plenty of opportunities to accumulate more statistics going forward.
Parker (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.
Parker's ankle injury kept him limited Thursday and Friday, but he was able to log a full practice Wednesday and will be available to start at free safety Sunday. If Parker were to suffer a setback, Eric Murray likely would be in line for an elevated role.
Parker (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
The long layoff following the Chiefs' Thursday night game Week 1 provided Parker some additional time to get healthy, but he was limited in practice Thursday and Friday after participating fully on Wednesday. Parker's status for Sunday remains up in the air, and the Chiefs can ill afford to be without another veteran safety with Eric Berry (Achilles) out for the season.
Parker led the defense in tackles with 11 (10 solo) during the regular-season opener Thursday against the Patriots.
With Eric Berry (Achilles) done for the season, Parker will likely assume the leader role in the Chiefs secondary moving forward. Although he hasn't topped 80 tackles in the last two seasons, the 30-year-old racked up 94 in 2014 and got off to a good start in that department Thursday.
Parker (ankle) is active for the Chiefs' season opener against the Patriots Thursday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Parker was listed as questionable but did practice fully Wednesday, so this isn't a complete surprise. Even with the veteran safety set to play, the Chiefs defense is likely to have their hands full defending Tom Brady and the Patriots on Thursday night.
Parker (ankle) is listed as questionable ahead of Thursday's opener at New England.
Parker's availability could be of major significance for a Kansas City secondary tasked with limiting Tom Brady and company. For now, it seems like Parker might play based on the fact that he was able to practice in full Wednesday, but it doesn't look like we'll know for sure until Thursday.
Parker (ankle) was a limited participant at Monday's practice.
It'll be interesting to see whether Parker can suit up Thursday for the team's season opener in New England. In all likelihood, Kansas City is taking the precautionary route by limiting Parker, but if he can't go, look for Eric Murray to slide into the safety spot opposite Eric Berry.
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