Former Chiefs safety Ron Parker is expected to sign with the Falcons on Monday, sources tell Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter). It’s a one-year deal, according to NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero (on Twitter).
The free agent safety market has moved at a glacial pace this offseason and Parker was one of several vets without work in June. Tre Boston, Eric Reid, Kenny Vaccaro, and several other experienced safeties continue to hunt for a job, but Parker has found an NFL home for the 2018 season.
Parker started in 64 of the Chiefs’ last 65 games. This offseason, KC opted to let him go in order to save $5MM with $2MM left over in dead money. His release terminated the five-year, $30MM extension he signed in 2015.
In his run with the Chiefs, the former UDFA notched 40 pass breakups and intercepted nine passes. His performance slipped in 2017, but he’ll look to get back to his old ways in Atlanta as he enters his age-31 season.
The Falcons will start a solid 1-2 at safety with Keanu Neal at free safety and Ricardo Allen delivering the big hits at strong safety. Parker projects to serve as one of the top safeties off of the bench with Kemal Ishmael, Damontae Kazee, and Tyson Graham among those also pushing for time.
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