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Eagles Free Agency Rumors: Ron Parker being targeted by Philadelphia

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According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, the Eagles are show interest in free agent defensive back Ron Parker from the Chiefs. It seems unlikely that Parker will return to Kansas City now that they've signed free agent safety Tyvon Branch.

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher originally reported that the Eagles could have interest in Parker in late February. Here's what I wrote at the time:

"Parker is a 27-year-old safety who attended Division II Newberry College. He went undrafted in 2011 before signing with the Seattle Seahawks. He bounced around the league a bit before finally finding some stability with the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2013, Parker appeared in 16 games and played mostly on special teams. He played 64 snaps in one game where he started at cornerback.

In 2014, Parker played 745 snaps in 15 starts as a safety. He the season with 84 tackles, 12 passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble, and one sack. According to Pro Football Focus, opposing quarterbacks had a 86.7 passer rating when target Parker. He also missed one tackle for every 4.6 attempts, which was the fourth worst rate among all safeties last season.

The 6-0, 206 pound Parker is reportedly seeking around $6 million per year."

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The Eagles are looking for a new safety to likely replace free agent Nate Allen. Philadelphia is also rumored to be interested in free agent safety Marcus Gilchrist. Parker and Gilchrist have the ability to play at cornerback and safety, and the Eagles value versatility, so their interest is probably legitimate.

With the Eagles missing out on Devin McCourty, who re-signed with the Patriots, they may be forced to settle on a player like Parker.

UPDATE: Worth noting this tweet from Les Bowen of the Daily News.