The Eagles waived Will Parks on Tuesday afternoon. The Philadelphia native announced his departure via Twitter:
Philly it’s been real. Thanks for opportunity. I did everything I could. Love. ✌— William (@PhillyWill11) December 1, 2020
This move wasn’t exactly expected. Then again, the Eagles did reportedly make Parks available prior to the NFL trade deadline.
It seems like Parks may have been unhappy with his playing time. Upon the Eagles signing him in March, there was thought he was going to have a significant role as the team’s third safety.
But Parks entered the season with a hamstring injury and didn’t make his regular season debut until Week 6. A look at his defensive snap counts per game:
Week 6 — 39 (53%)
Week 7 — 17 (28%)
Week 8 — 28 (35%)
Week 9 — BYE
Week 10 — 6 (8%)
Week 11 — 14 (21%)
Week 12 — 10 (15%)
As you can see, Parks’ utilization really waned in recent weeks.
The Eagles moving on from Parks leaves them with the following five safeties: Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills, Marcus Epps, K’Von Wallace, and Rudy Ford. McLeod and Mills will likely continue to be the starters. Epps could be in line to replace some of Parks’ playing time even though it would be more ideal to get Wallace on the field and see what the rookie fourth-round pick has to offer. Ford has been dealing with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the Eagles’ past two games.
Parks is subject to waivers so it’ll be interesting to see if another team claims him. He reportedly turned down more money (not looking like a great choice) from the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings to play for Philly, so they could be potential landing spots. Or maybe he ends up back on the Denver Broncos. Or elsewhere.
In any case, the Eagles are moving on. Problem solved, season saved. No need to make any other changes.
UPDATE: Looks like the Eagles will be signing Grayland Arnold from the practice squad to the active roster.
Eagles are releasing DB Will Parks. Part of the thinking is they want to clear the way for rookie Grayland Arnold to get some snaps.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) December 1, 2020