The 28-year-old spent a year-plus with the Jets, including a 2022 campaign where he got into 14 games (three starts). He finished last season with 17 tackles while seeing about 40 percent of his total snaps on special teams. Parks didn’t play enough to qualify for Pro Football Focus’ positional rankings, but he would have been graded as a middle-of-the-road safety, with the site giving him particularly solid grades in pass rushing.
The former sixth-rounder had a five-year stint with the Broncos to begin his career, with the defensive back starting 15 of his 66 games with the organization. He had a career-high 51 tackles with Denver in 2017. Parks has also had stints with the Eagles, Chiefs, 49ers, and Dolphins, and it wouldn’t be a shock if he adds another team to his resume before training camp.
While Parks will surely be missed on special teams, the Jets have more than enough depth to make up for his absence on defense. The team already has Ashtyn Davis and Tony Adams as backups to Chuck Clark and Jordan Whitehead, and they also added UDFAs Trey Dean and Marquis Waters.