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Buccaneers extend Preston Parker’s contract

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Preston Parker’s role in the Buccaneers offense figures to drop with the arrival of Vincent Jackson, but he got a contract extension from the team nonetheless.

Brian McIntyre of reports that the team has signed Parker through next season. The deal has a base salary of $1 million as well as a $50,000 signing bonus. Parker was re-signed by the team as an exclusive rights free agent earlier this offseason and he’s set to make $540,000 this season.

The only part of that money that is guaranteed is the signing bonus, so the extension doesn’t really guarantee Parker anything over the next two years. If he’s going to stick around long enough to claim the other $1.54 million, he’s going to have to keep producing as a slot receiver. He caught 40 passes last season, behind only Mike Williams among the team’s wide receivers, and should battle Dezmon Briscoe and Sammie Stroughter for snaps this summer.

Parker can also make an impact as a returner, although he struggled in that role last season. He fumbled two punts in a loss to the Jaguars and fumbled eight times overall last season. That’s not going to help him fulfill his new contract if it continues.

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6 Responses to “Buccaneers extend Preston Parker’s contract”
  1. professorcolumbus says: May 22, 2012 11:39 AM

    Parker does have to work on those fumbles, but he has a real knack for getting open from the slot. He has also come a long way from the kid who got kicked out of FSU; seems to have really cleaned his act up.

  2. milkmandanimal says: May 22, 2012 12:09 PM

    Guy was particularly good on 3rd down last year, always seemed to be open just enough to move the chains. One of the few highlights of the offense last year.

  3. johnmaddenslovechild says: May 22, 2012 12:33 PM

    He reminds me of Ike Hilliard on 3rd down.. Wasn’t the best during the drive but I’ll be damned if he wasn’t open every 3rd down to get the first.

  4. kylewild says: May 22, 2012 1:57 PM

    He did have a 97% catch rate last year. No biggie.

  5. tyelee says: May 22, 2012 2:10 PM

    It is good to see the Bucs finally trying to move toward having dependable weapons (hopefully playmakers) but my main concern for this season is Freeman……He could (and I believe he will) prove to be the Buc’s “achilles heel”…… What good are talented WR if the QB constently throws to the defense!

  6. supersix231 says: May 22, 2012 3:38 PM

    He’s a great clutch player on third down, as stated above, I am very happy they are keeping him around.
    GO BUCS!

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