Chargers Release WR Eric Parker

WR Eric Parker (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty)

After trying for weeks to move Eric Parker in a trade, the Chargers finally conceded on Wednesday and released Parker from the team. The seven-year veteran caught at least 45 passes every year from 2004 to 2006 but missed last year with a toe injury.

Eric Parker was released after getting caught in a vicious numbers game. His salary for 2008, which was more than $2 million, was far too high for a backup receiver. Making that number more exorbitant is that Parker was expected to lose playing time to fast-rising sophomores Buster Davis and Legedu Naanee.

Before missing the 2007 due to injury, Parker was one of the most consistent players in San Diego's offense. He tallied at least 47 catches and 659 yards every year between 2004 and 2006.

Parker will still be remembered fondly in San Diego despite going out on a sour note. His final game was against the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round of the 2006 playoffs. Parker dropped two key passes and muffed a punt in a game the Chargers would go on to lose by three points.

Parker joined the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2002. His incredible work ethic allowed him to stick on the roster and earn a niche on third downs, where he earned the nickname "The Bondsman" for consistently bailing out the offense.

According to NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders could show interest in Parker. A move to Oakland would allow Parker to reunite with former Chargers receivers coach James Lofton.

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