5. Ron Parker, Safety
One of the most underrated safeties of the past few seasons has been Ron Parker. Undrafted out of Newberry in 2011, Parker started his career as a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. He didn’t see significant playing time until 2013 though, when he was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs.
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The Chiefs converted Parker to safety, which garnered him a new five-year, $30 million contract after an impressive first two seasons. However, three years into his deal, Parker was released this offseason in an effort to gain cap space. Nonetheless, he had a productive five seasons with the team, and still remains just 30-years-old.
If the Packers were to sign Parker he’d likely be deployed in a Micah Hyde-like role. Like Parker, Hyde was a cornerback coming out of college. Green Bay used Hyde as a free safety though, sometimes playing him as a slot corner – something Parker excelled in during his time with the Chiefs.
With the departure of Morgan Burnett this offseason and the impending decision of whether to extend Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a new contract, Parker could be a cheap, underrated signing for the foreseeable future.