The Chargers made it official yesterday, releasing WR Eric Parker after being unable to trade the 6 year veteran. His best season as a Charger came in 2005. He caught 57 for 725 yards, to finish 3rd on the team in receptions. Prior to the start of the 2006 season, he was given a five year contract. However, he failed to make a touchdown reception that season and had a bad playoff game that season against the New England Patriots. He also missed the entire 2007 with a big toe injury. With the arrival of Chris Chambers, the emergence of Vincent Jackson, and drafting of Craig Davis in the 2007 1st round, there was simply no room for Parker on the Chargers’ roster.
I for one am going to miss having Eric Parker around. A lot of fans will remember his muffed punt and dropped passes against the Pats. However, before that game, the fans affectionately called him “The Bondsman” because he always seemed to bail out the team on 3rd and long. My favorite Eric Parker moment came in the opening game of 2004, when he made an acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone to give the Chargers a win against the Texans. I have always believed that opening victory set the tone for the Chargers’ improbable 2004 season. No one gave them a chance but they managed to get 12 wins and reach the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
According to his agent, Parker will wait until he is 100% before he starts auditioning for teams. Thanks for the memories Mr. Parker, and I hope you manage to find your way back onto an NFL roster.