Ron Parker expected to re-sign with the Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 20: Free safety Ron Parker
KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 20: Free safety Ron Parker /

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to re-sign veteran Ron Parker just months after cutting him this offseason.

After five full seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, safety Ron Parker was expected to join another club or perhaps even sit out looking for work after the team cut him earlier this offseason. Now, however, he’s back for a reported sixth season, per Terez Paylor, who says he will re-sign with the Chiefs after all.

It’s interesting that the Chiefs will re-sign Parker around roster cuts, the same exact time of year they first acquired him off of waivers back in 2013. Back then, general manager John Dorsey was scouring the waiver wire looking for any talent who could help a last-place team make some small steps forward.

Parker did exactly that in Kansas City, growing from special teams contributor and back-up defensive back to four-year starter for the Chiefs at safety. It’s unknown whether he will win back his starting free safety role he’s held for the last few years opposite Eric Berry or not, but the Chiefs will make those decisions later. Armani Watts was the presumed starter with Dan Sorensen out.

It will make things interesting if and when Sorensen returns from injury. Will the Chiefs release Parker again or keep the veteran around for the full season? That much remains to be seen, but for Parker this is good news to return to a familiar place after failing to carve out a space for himself with the Atlanta Falcons in what turned out to be a few month tryout over the course of the summer.

For the Chiefs the addition of Parker helps provide some stability and depth to a unit that was perilously thin with Sorensen’s injury, Berry’s sore heel lingering and the youth and inexperience of Watts, Eric Murray, Jordan Sterns and Leon McQuay.