49ers, Vikings Tried To Claim Will Parks

The Broncos plucked former Eagles safety Will Parks off the waiver wire this week, but they weren’t the only club in the mix. The 49ers and Vikings also submitted claims for the veteran, according to Mike Kaye of NJ.com.

Both teams had their chance to snag Parks this past offseason. The Vikings were reportedly left at the altar, along with the Lions. Parks ultimately chose the Eagles, who offered him a chance to play a good deal of three-safety sets in front of a hometown crowd. The Vikings, meanwhile, saw Parks more as a special teams cog. Barring an injury to Anthony Harris or Harrison Smith, Parks would have been a longshot to see significant snaps.

The Niners apparently preferred Parks to their in-house options. With Parks headed back to Denver, SF promoted safety Kai Nacua from the practice squad and signed Chris Edwards to take his place on the reserve unit.

Ultimately, Parks found a good platform as he looks ahead to free agency. Given his familiarity with Vic Fangio’s system, Parks should have opportunities as a safety, slot man, and a coverage linebacker in sub-packages.

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  1. Polish Hammer

    And the idiots in Philly couldn’t find a way to proper use the one guy that wanted to be in Philly.

    • wagner13

      I am not sure how they were supposed to use a clear backup any differently. I mean, outside of 2018, Parks has never graded above 60 on the PFF scale. McLeod and Mills have outperformed him at safety, so there was really no use for him. Just because someone is a “hometown hero” doesn’t mean they are the best available option

      • Polish Hammer

        In a crazy year like this one where Practice Squad rosters are expanded and experienced veterans are protected on them, that a handful of teams instantly put a claim in on this guy despite him not being 100% healthy tells you everything you need to know. That Philly tried to paint this as giving a younger player a look is ridiculous when you see he’s only 26 and they continue to throw Jason Peters and Alshon out there every week despite guys like Mailata and Fulgham showing a ton of potential that needs to be evaluated in game activity.

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