FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons signed former Chiefs safety Ron Parker on Monday, and he is excited to join an Atlanta squad that is coming off back-to-back playoff appearances.
"What drew me here is that I've seen it's a great fit," Parker said. "They've got a great team – got great guys, all around: Special teams, defense, offense. I just think the organization fits my style. I've got some relationships with the coaches in here – Dan Quinn and Marquand [Manuel]. I saw them early in my career when I was in Seattle, so we have good background history just from knowing each other. I think this is a good organization for me to be with. Couple of steps off from winning the Super Bowl a couple of years ago, and I think we're that close to getting it this year."
Parker spent the past five seasons with the Chiefs, starting every game over the past three seasons. In his five years with the Chiefs, Parker recorded 318 tackles, 43 pass defenses, nine interceptions, seven sacks, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
Parker joins a secondary that has plenty of talent. The Falcons return every starter from last season with Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford and Brian Poole at cornerback and Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal at safety. In addition to Parker, the Falcons also added Justin Bethel and second-round draft pick Isaiah Oliver this offseason.
In 2016, Parker faced the Falcons during their record-setting season. A starting safety in the Chief's 29-28 victory over the Falcons in Week 13, Parker came away from that game with some strong opinions about the team he's just help beat.
"I remember playing against the Falcons and I said, 'That's the best offense I've ever played since I've been in the league,'" Parker said. "I'll never forget that, just the flow of the offense and the flow of how things were going in that game. Even though we won, I felt like we lost because we couldn't stop y'all on offense. Yeah, the offense was amazing. That was the best offense I've seen in football in a long time."