All options on the table

CLEMSON – Kyle Parker has no problem blocking out the ongoing contract negotiations with the Colorado Rockies while he's on the football field.

But it's gotten down to crunch time for Parker and the Rockies, which have until Aug. 16 to reach a deal.

The frustration sets in when he gets home from a long day of football and begins to ponder the unknowns.

"It really doesn't bother me out here but the time I do have off I'm really tired, I've been out here all day so there's not a whole bunch of time but you worry about that. It'll wear on you," Parker said. "I guess it's a good problem to have."

Though it hasn't shown on the practice field, Parker admitted after Thursday night's practice that he's feeling the pressure once he's off it.

"Honestly, at first it was easy. I wasn't really thinking about it. But over the last couple of days, it has kind of been out there. It's one of those things you can't ignore. You've got to figure it out," he said. "I'll be relieved when we get something works out.

Parker downplayed the situation.

"I don't want it to sound like a hardship," he said. "I'm definitely blessed to be in this situation, but then again, there are a lot of steps you have to take and lot of conversations that you have to have and a lot of decisions you've got to make that ultimately affect my future."

The Rockies selected Parker with 26th pick of the MLB Draft in June. He eliminated a baseball-only future and re-joined the Clemson football team in mid-July. Now the two sides have until Monday to reach an agreement.

He feels both sides have gotten closer now that negotiations have hit their final week.

"It's still stuff we need to get on the same page with in negotiations. Neither side wants to come out getting screwed so we're just trying to figure it out and get to common ground," Parker said. "I've been talking to them frequently over the past couple of days and hopefully we can figure something out still hard to say.

"It's going to come down to Monday and we'll see what happens."

Interestinly enough, all options are still on the table.

He could still go baseball-only after the 2010 football season, sign and still play football or return for a final season on the Clemson baseball team.

Parker is eligible for the 2011 draft if he does not sign.

"There's still a good chance I could be baseball only and just miss two or three weeks (of baseball) in the fall—honestly, I wouldn't be missing out on that much baseball if we figure out a baseball only deal," he said.

Parker hasn't ruled a future in professional football either.

"Obviously, I know my value as a baseball player is a first round," he said. "It's very tough to overcome from a football standpoint. It's one of those things that's going to have to be decided further on down the road and if I end up playing baseball, it probably won't be decided.

"Those things are still up in the air and come Monday we'll have more answers."

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