Earlier in the week, there were reports of the Eagles showing interest in former Broncos safety Will Parks. On Saturday, that interest was confirmed, as the team is reportedly bringing the Philly native home.
Parks was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended Germantown high school before moving on to the University of Arizona to start his collegiate career. The Denver Broncos selected Parks in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft to be one of their backup safeties. The 25-year-old ended up becoming a reliable piece for the Broncos defense, and he ended up starting in 15 games over the past four seasons. In 62 total games, Parks has registered 149 tackles (four for loss), four interceptions, 13 passes defended, one sack, five QB hits, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
The Eagles certainly need to get younger at the safety position, which might be why the team is taking a flyer on Parks. This addition will help the sting of losing Malcolm Jenkins earlier in the week.
Parks also turned down more money elsewhere to sign with his hometown team.
Of course, Parks isn't considered to be a budding superstar. So the Eagles could still invest a high draft pick on a safety. In fact, the team should still look to use a high pick on a defensive back regardless of this decision because of the need to look at the future of the position with Rodney McLeod turning 30 years old this offseason.