Kansas City Chiefs re-sign S Ron Parker

Ron Parker had a strong market this off-season so I’m not surprised that the Chiefs had to give him a 5-year, 25 million dollar deal with 5 million guaranteed to keep him and they did need secondary help. However, that doesn’t mean this wasn’t an overpay. Parker, an undrafted free agent in 2011, played 122 snaps in the first 3 seasons of his career from 2011-2013. He saw a ton of action last season, playing 1037 snaps between cornerback and safety, but he struggled at both spots, grading out below average at cornerback and safety, including 73rd out of 87 eligible safeties on 745 snaps.

His versatility is nice for a Kansas City secondary in flux, but Jimmy Wilson, a comparable player with more experience, got just 4.6 million over 2 years from Kansas City’s division rival San Diego. That’s more than Parker will make guaranteed in the first year of this deal. Marcus Gilchrist, a significantly better player, got 22 million over 4 years from the Jets. Given that, this is one of the off-season’s bigger overpays.

Grade: D




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