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Chiefs safety Ron Parker to visit Bears

Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Ron Parker (38) defended the catch of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson (10) in the second quarter during NFL action on November 14, 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 24-20.
Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Ron Parker (38) defended the catch of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson (10) in the second quarter during NFL action on November 14, 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 24-20. The Kansas City Star

One of the Chiefs’ top free agents is garnering significant interest on the free agent marker.

A source told The Star that safety Ron Parker is visiting the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.

In 16 games this year, the 28-year-old led the Chiefs with 84 solo tackles and finished second in pass deflections with 12. Both were career highs, and both were No. 1 among the crop of free-agent safeties, which includes McCourty and Denver’s Rahim Moore.

Parker, who made $645,000 last season, racked up those stats by serving as the Swiss army knife of the Chiefs’ secondary, as he flip-flopped between cornerback (four starts) and safety (11 starts).

The Chiefs recently signed Tyvon Branch to a one-year deal, but Branch is more of a box safety, and Parker is more of a free safety. Their other starter at the position last year, Husain Abdullah, is entering the last year of his deal, while star Eric Berry is battling lymphoma.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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