- Adam Teicher, ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter
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It would be easy for defensive back Ron Parker to say that what kept him going in football after he was cut eight times was the thought of a lucrative contract like the one he just signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Except that wouldn’t be true. Parker said the five-year, $30 million contract he signed Monday to remain with the Chiefs was beyond his wildest thought.
"I never thought about this large amount of money with this contract I just (signed)," Parker said. "It still hasn’t hit me. It’s like a dream come true."
Parker earned his new contract with a breakout season. After being released eight times by three teams before joining the Chiefs in 2013, Parker was a regular last season, playing some at cornerback but mostly at safety.
The Chiefs believe Parker is better as a safety, but Parker’s shining moment last season came as a cornerback. He broke up three passes in the end zone on a late Buffalo drive during a midseason game that allowed the Chiefs to emerge with a victory against the Bills.
Parker spoke with a number of teams as a free agent, and the Atlanta Falcons, much closer to his home in South Carolina, in particular showed a lot of interest. But Parker indicated his preference was to remain in Kansas City.
"During the whole process it never left my heart," Parker said. "I was just dying, wanting to come back. I was hoping the Chiefs’ organization and (general manager) John Dorsey would get it done, because my relationship with the coaches and everybody in the building is unbelievable. I knew I wanted to be a Chief."
One area Parker needs to improve is his tackling. He missed 22 tackles last season, high among Chiefs players, according to Pro Football Focus.
"I’m definitely looking to improve on my tackling," he said. "That’s a must. I’ve been watching video this offseason, and I just noted to myself I have to do a little better job of that.
"It’s basically a mental thing. I missed a lot of tackles last year, but hopefully I’ll be able to clean that up this year."
Defensive back excited to return to place where he has had the most NFL success.