Saturday, September 4, 2010
Source: Redskins to cut Willie Parker
By Adam Schefter
Running back Willie Parker is changing teams and changing agents.
The Washington Redskins informed Parker on Saturday that he will be released, according to a league source.
Parker also is in the process of hiring a new agent, and many around the league believe he will select Peter Schaffer, who represented former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis.
The Redskins signed Parker in the spring to a one-year deal, telling him there would be an open competition for the starting job, with Larry Johnson, Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain also in the mix.
Parker, a Pro Bowler in 2006 and 2007, averaged 1,337 yards in three seasons for the Steelers from 2005 to 2007.
He became Pittsburgh's backup last season in his fifth full year as the Steelers turned to Rashard Mendenhall as their featured running back.
Parker finished 2009 with 389 yards on 98 carries.
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.