Chargers appear ready to get rid of Parker

The San Diego Chargers appear ready to get rid of former University of Tennessee receiver Eric Parker, who has been one of their most prolific and dependable pass catchers over the past five years

Sources told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the Chargers have fielded calls from several teams about trading Parker and that he will be traded or released by the start of training camp next month.

General Manager A.J. Smith declined comment to the newspaper.

Parker’s agent, Jack Bechta, is expected to take a role in facilitating a trade, though he said he was just learning about the situation.

“If this is happening, I will get involved,” Bechta said. “I will start taking the lead. With the relationship I have with the front office and the respect Eric has garnered, I’m sure they’ll let us participate in the process.”

Parker has become expendable because of the arrival of Chris Chambers.

The Cleveland Browns, whose offensive coordinator is former Chargers tight ends coach Rob Chudzinksi, are among the teams that have shown interest in Parker. The Chargers are believed to be asking for a draft pick somewhere in the final three rounds.

Parker, 29, had surgery on his right big toe in October and did not play last season. He has been running and doing other drills but did not participate in minicamp or offseason coaching sessions.

Parker is healthy enough to play and will pass any physical with another team, according to several people with knowledge of his health.

Even missing the entire 2007 season, Parker’s 170 receptions since 2003 rank third on the team behind Antonio Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson. Parker was also the Chargers’ primary punt returner from 2004-06.

Meanwhile, former UT receiver Mark Jones, who spent the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signed a one-year contract with San Diego.

Jones is listed as a wide receiver, but his NFL experience has been exclusively as a punt returner. He returned 12 punts for 143 yards last year before a knee injury ended his season in late October.

Jones has 117 career returns for 1,017 yards, an average of 8.7 yards.

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Comments » 15

VolPride_13 writes:

Well, he should go to the Broncos and get some revenge on the Chargers and he'll do pretty well in that offense too!!

ZR writes:

Another great Vol who did better in the NFL than for Phillip. Just think what Phillip's vols could have done if only Eric Parker had been able to learn the blocking schemes or even the last 37 chapters of "Walt's Way - Advanced Offensive Plays of the Eighties. A guide to winning when you have superior talent."

jimr07 writes:

ZR-what a stupid comment.

bugman (Inactive) writes:

fulmer is horrible ZR is right

Bigger_Al writes:

What a headline. Did Tuscaloosa John write that?

Orange4life writes:

I agree with bugman, you know I read these posts and wonder if some people have nothing else to do.

Give it a break

Orange4life writes:

err jim sorry

to big of hurry


utmichael20#546617 writes:

Well, what i was thinking... and i know that its a long shot anyway; How cool would it be if the Colts picked Eric up... Seeing Peyton throw passes to another UT Alum would be pretty cool.

Need_2_Know writes:

Note to NS, you might want to finish the following sentence: "Meanwhile, former UT receiver Mark Jones, who spent the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signed a one-year contract with the San Diego."

Anyway, Parker's a decent receiver with some tread left, he'll make a good #2 or #3 guy for a fast-paced offensive team. I agree, VolPride, Denver might be a nice fit, they like to throw it around and already have a couple of nifty receivers on the squad.

RJ_Vol writes:

I agree, Bigger Al. The headline makes it appear as if Parker had some wrongdoing. Really, it appears he may just simply be out of the rotation.

FishTacos writes:

Send him to INDY or Tennessee. That would be great!!!!

jimr07 writes:

bugman--that is your opinion. you are entitled to it and i do not agree at all.

eb502us#225637 writes:

The reason Parker is better as a pro is that he was alway's injured at UT. Hard to make an impact when you can't get on the field.

burntorangeVOLffle writes:

ZR and Bugman, Mark Jones was a two-way starter under Fulmer and all he's done in the NFL is return punts for mixed results. What's you're point?

Ironcity writes:

EB is right. Parker has never been able to stay on the field and in some cases get on the field.

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