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Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Ron Parker will likely play safety this year

Ron Parker has been oneof the young Chiefs to step up on defense this season.
Ron Parker has been oneof the young Chiefs to step up on defense this season. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

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.

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