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.
Parker, who's approaching his age-31 season, is still a solid player and was likely released for financial purposes given the fact the Chiefs save roughly $5 million in cap space with his release. While he had disappointing troubles in both run support and pass defense during the 2017 campaign -- ultimately grading out as Pro Football Focus' fourth-lowest graded safety out of 89 qualifiers -- the Newberry product was better in his previous three seasons with Kansas City, racking up 300 tackles, 40 pass breakups and seven interceptions in 63 games. Those numbers would rank fourth, first and second, respectively, among this year's free-agent class of safeties.
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.
|4||10/1/18||@ DEN||8:15 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/18||@ LAR||8:15 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
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|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||16||17||17.0||0||1||2||29||14.5||15||0||3|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||16||94||84.0||10||1||1||10||10.0||10||0||12|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||78||67.0||11||5||3||5||1.7||5||0||12|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||61||52.0||9||0||1||1||1.0||1||0||12|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||67||58.0||9||0||2||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||3||19||16.0||3||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||2|
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|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||0||0||2||7||2||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|