One of the Chiefs’ biggest moves this offseason was the new deal they struck with one of their own: versatile defensive back Ron Parker.
Coach Andy Reid already an idea of where he wants to play him this season.
“Yeah, he’s a safety that can do both (safety and corner),” Reid said. “I’d say (we’ll) give him a shot (at safety), first.”
In 16 games last year, Parker, 27, led the Chiefs with 84 solo tackles and finished second in pass deflections with 12. Both were career highs.
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Parker served as the Swiss Army Knife of the Chiefs’ secondary, as he flip-flopped between cornerback (four starts) and safety (11 starts).
Reid said the return of Parker, who signed a five-year deal for $30 million with the Chiefs, was a win-win situation for both the player and the team.
“I think that’s a positive for both sides,” Reid said. “Because I thought he fit into the defense well, and he’s got a home … you kind of find your niche, find your groove, and he’s not a young guy — he’s 28 years old — we kind of forget about that. So he was able to make a little money and still be able to fit in.”
Parker will figure into a safety corps that includes returning starter Husain Abdullah, free-agent veteran signee Tyvon Branch, special-teams contributor Kelcie McCray, developmental youngsters Sanders Commings and Daniel Sorensen, and star Eric Berry, who is battling lymphoma.