The Eagles lost their first player in free agency on Thursday as defensive end Juqua Parker agreed to a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, according to NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora.
In Cleveland, Parker will be reunited with former Eagles general manager Tom Heckert, who holds the same title in Cleveland, and former Eagles defensive assistant coach Dick Jauron, who is now the Browns' defensive coordinator.
Signed as a street free agent during the 2005 training camp, Parker developed into one of the mainstays on defense in seven years with the Eagles. In fact, Parker's 31.5 sacks during his Eagles tenure are good enough for a tie for 13th place in franchise history along with Mike Mamula. Parker also had a penchant for the end zone scoring three touchdowns in Philadelphia which was good for second-most in franchise history by a defensive lineman.
The 33-year-old Parker is a veteran of 11 NFL seasons. He joined the NFL as a rookie free agent signing of the Tennessee Titans in 2001 out of Oklahoma State. He registered 5.0 sacks in four seasons with the Titans. After his first two years with the Eagles, Parker re-signed with the team for five seasons.
This past season, Parker had more touchdowns (2) than sacks (1.5) as he became just the second defensive lineman in NFL history (Jason Taylor) to return three touchdowns of 40-or-more yards in a career. Parker returned a Sam Bradford fumble 56 yards for a touchdown in the season opener. Against the Jets, Parker returned a Santonio Holmes fumble 47 yards for a score. Parker played in 12 games in 2011 despite suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Week 2 game vs. Atlanta.
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