Defensive end Juqua Parker has signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, according to a report by ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Parker, 33, has played 11 seasons in the NFL, the last seven with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a full-time starter from 2008 through 2010, and a key backup for the other four seasons. He was one of seven players to collect at least five sacks or more in the five seasons from 2006 to 2010.
He scored three touchdowns with Philly. One was a 55-yard interception touchdown in the final minute to seal a victory against the San Francisco 49ers in a must-win game in 2008. The other two were fumble recovery touchdowns in 2011, when he became the only defensive lineman in league history to return two for a touchdown in a single season.
But his most memorable moment in his last season in Philadelphia was when he jumped offside in the final two minutes to clinch a loss against the Buffalo Bills in week five. I still have nightmares thinking of that play.
In general though, I will miss Juqua. He was a great backup who could be a serviceable starter. In Cleveland, he will be reunited with general manager Tom Heckert.