Will Parks leaves Broncos, signs with Eagles
It was somewhat expected, but now Will Parks is officially no longer a member of the Denver Broncos.
Parks agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, bringing an end to his four-year run with the Broncos. It’s a move that helps the Eagles at the safety position after they lost Malcolm Jenkins earlier in the week.
Parks, still just 25 years old, reportedly had interest from multiple teams but chose to go to the Eagles. Though they only gave him a one-year deal, the thought of returning to the place of his birth was likely highly appealing to Parks.
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Parks was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 draft out of Arizona. He slowly worked his way up the ladder in Denver and carved out a role for himself in sub-packages on defense. Last season, he was on the field for just over half (50.99 percent) of the team’s defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Reference.
The Broncos have Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson in place and Parks was likely looking for a place where he could play a bigger role on defense. Without Jenkins, the Eagles are not particularly deep at safety. They have Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills, Marcus Epps and Rudy Ford on the roster.
Parks will have a good chance to make an impact with his hometown team.
He leaves the Broncos having collected 148 tackles, four interceptions, one sack, and 13 pass deflections. He joins Connor McGovern and Chris Harris who have left the team in free agency.
The Broncos also traded Andy Janovich to the Cleveland Browns. There is still no word on where either Shelby Harris or Derek Wolfe will be playing next season.