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Former Arizona safety Will Parks surprisingly waived by Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles waived safety Will Parks on Tuesday, a move that caught some of the team’s media members by surprise.

“Source confirms. I don’t get it,” tweeted Mike Kaye of

“This move wasn’t exactly expected,” wrote Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation. “Then again, the Eagles did reportedly make Parks available prior to the NFL trade deadline. It seems like Parks may have been unhappy with his playing time. Upon the Eagles signing him in March, there was thought he was going to have a significant role as the team’s third safety. But Parks entered the season with a hamstring injury and didn’t make his regular season debut until Week 6.”

The former Wildcat made three starts in six games, racking up 13 tackles including two for loss. Pro Football Focus has graded Parks at 51.3 for the season—a below average grade.

His snap count has decreased quite a bit since he first returned from injury.

  • Week 6 — 39 (53%)
  • Week 7 — 17 (28%)
  • Week 8 — 28 (35%)
  • Week 9 — BYE
  • Week 10 — 6 (8%)
  • Week 11 — 14 (21%)
  • Week 12 — 10 (15%)

A Philly native, Parks inked a one-year deal with his hometown Eagles last spring. It will be interesting to see if he gets claimed on waivers.

The former sixth-round pick spent the first four years of his career with the Denver Broncos, mostly serving as their No. 3 safety.