The Philadelphia Eagles add another defensive back to the nest in former Bronco Will Parks. Here are three fun facts on Philly’s new do-it-all prospect.
Well, it wasn’t as expensive a move as adding Javon Hargrave or as exciting as adding and extending Darius Slay, but the Philadelphia Eagles added much-needed depth to the secondary with the signing of veteran defensive back Will Parks. The news of his one-year deal was first reported by the NFL Network’s James Palmer and later verified by NJ.com’s Mike Kaye, who added that Parks will be making around $1.6 million.
Let’s not waste a ton of time. Here are three fun facts on a very versatile prospect that could wind up being one of the steals of this offseason’s free-agency period.
1. Philly loves versatile guys on defense, and Parks gives them another.
The Eagles and their fans loved Darren Sproles because of what he could give them situationally on offense and in the return game. They love guys like Isaac Seumalo because he can play multiple positions along the offensive front.
They’ll surely get a kick out of sparks as well as he can fill in at both safety spots and the nickel cornerback position if need be. He’s like a Swiss Army knife on defense.
2. Parks turned down other opportunities so he could come home.
Though the one year deal probably won’t make anyone cut any flips, Parks appears to be happy. He’s a native of Philadelphia and was one of the final graduates of Germantown High School. After playing his college ball with the Arizona Wildcats and playing the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos.
He’s racked up 149 total tackles, 13 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and four picks in 62 career NFL games. That includes 15 starts.
3. After a bad decision, here’s one of the game’s success stories.
Though it’s hard to find people who are still in the business of giving second chances (people make mistakes, seek forgiveness, and then hold the mistakes of others over their heads forever), Parks found an opportunity for redemption after a serious error in judgment early in his career.
He was arrested on June 2nd of 2017 concerning an incident that wound up with him being charged for misdemeanor harassment and with a non-physical domestic violence charge. Off-field issues are always areas for concern, but it appears that he’s made the most of a second opportunity. He seems to have turned the corner professionally.
It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s not okay to make the same mistakes over and over again. There aren’t any major issues or stories that we see floating around before this one. There haven’t been any that have followed. Let’s not listen to the ideas of others. Let’s get to know Parks on our own.