Parks had been linked to the Lions, and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com notes other teams made offers for the hybrid defender. But the Philly product will come home on a one-year deal.
An ex-Arizona Wildcat, Parks displayed versatility with the Broncos and will add to an Eagles safety corps that will not have Malcolm Jenkins next season. Parks worked as a safety, sub-package linebacker and nickel corner with the Broncos, beating the odds as a former seventh-round pick to play extensively in each season with the team.
Parks has 149 career tackles and four interceptions. He forced a key goal-line fumble against the Steelers in a 2018 Broncos upset win, and his blocked PAT return in a one-point Broncos win over the Saints in 2016 doubled as one of the league’s first two-point return plays. The Broncos signed Kareem Jackson in 2019 and moved him to safety, before placing their 2020 franchise tag on Justin Simmons. These moves effectively signaled Parks would have to go elsewhere for his second NFL contract.
The Eagles re-signed Rodney McLeod this week and brought back Jalen Mills with the intention of moving him to safety. With Mills a career-long cornerback, Parks has a path toward a full-time starting role for the first time in his career.
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