The Chiefs and Parker agreed in principle on a five-year, $30 million contract, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Saturday afternoon with ChiefsDigest.com.
The specific numbers of the deal calls for a five-year, $25 base salary, including workout and roster bonuses, with $8 million guaranteed. Another $5 million surrounds playtime tied to separate incentives for playoff appearances and interceptions. Parker receives a $5 million signing bonus.
Defensive back Ron Parker has been cut by NFL teams eight times, which should be taken as a sign of his ability more than the lack of it. Teams were seeing enough from Parker that they kept giving him a chance.
He started to deliver on that promise last year for the Kansas City Chiefs, the only one of Parker's four NFL teams who hadn't given up on him at some point. Parker, 27, had the classic look last season of a late bloomer who would go on to do some good things.
That's why it would have been a shame for the Chiefs to lose him to free agency. That didn't happen as Parker agreed to contract terms with the Chiefs.
A room crowded with Ron Parker's family watched television in anticipation at his aunt's house Saturday.
They had heard the former Beaufort High School football standout planned to re-sign with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and wanted to watch the news scroll on the ESPN ticker.
When his name rolled past, the room cheered.
"We're going to have a big celebration in a minute," Parker's sister, Ronique, said Saturday afternoon.
The 27-year-old Ron Parker told The Beaufort Gazette in a text message Saturday he was heading back to Kansas City, the unrestricted free agent ending days of speculation as several safety-starved teams were rumored for his services.
Q&A: Beaufort's Ron Parker talks about his week as NFL free agent from The Island Packet
Q: When will you sign?
A: I fly out tomorrow (Sunday) to go to KC. I sign the contract early Monday morning.
Q: Were all those offers about the same deal, or how did they look?
A: All of them were around the same area, price range-wise. Late last night, early this morning, Kansas City just decided to stop the process. We were going through the process for so long with Kansas City, every day. I guess they just decided to make the decision they were going to give me a couple extra dollars just to lock me in at home. And they did that.
Kansas City Chiefs to re-sign safety Ron Parker from KC Star via The Wichita Eagle
Parker, who made $645,000 last season, accomplished this by serving as the Swiss army knife of the Chiefs' secondary, as he flip-flopped between cornerback (four starts) and safety (11 starts).
Although he only had one interception, Parker's ability to cover a lot of ground and properly diagnose the deep route combinations that tortured the Chiefs in 2013 played a role in their pass defense skyrocketing from 25th to second. Parker's 2014 Pro Football Focus coverage grade of 2.8 ranks 29th among 87 players at the position.
That's the good thing for the Chiefs about signing wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, safety Tyvon Branch and offensive lineman Paul Fanaika and trading for another offensive lineman, Ben Grubbs. They've greatly reduced the number of must-have positions. I wouldn't be surprised at this point at much the Chiefs would do as far as position in the first round.
FIRST AFL-NFL COMMON DRAFT IN 1967 from Sports Blog
In the previous seven drafts from 1960-66, a bidding war between the two leagues during their Drafts had escalated which turned out to be a big factor in the merger of the NFL-AFL.
One of the most famous bidding wars between the two sides happened in 1965 when Kansas running back Gale Sayers was drafted by Chicago Bears in the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFL. Sayers decided to sign with the Chicago Bears and continued his legacy as one of the great running backs on both levels.
Repaired, Relieved, Sock Dedicating his Tennis to Brother Eric from Tennis Now
An off-season pelvis surgery a blessing? Well, strange things happen for strange reasons, and whether Jack Socks' late-season pelvic surgery was a blast of serendipity or the result of some faulty physiological wiring, the 22-year-old American is happy that his injury, and resulting surgery took him off the tour for the beginning of 2015...
"...I was able to post-surgery did my rehab back in Kansas City with a guy there I trust to do that," Sock said. "I was able to get almost nine weeks in a row, six days a week working out off the court training with a guy that works a lot with the [NFL's Kansas City] Chiefs. I was able to do that and kind of get my body I think in shape where I haven't been in my career, so I feel good."