Chiefs Sign Parker and Allen

The Kansas City Chiefs have now signed their entire 2004 draft class before the start of training camp.

In most seasons, the Chiefs have had difficulties accomplishing that feat but not this year as Oregon wide receiver Samie Parker and Idaho State defensive end Jared Allen both signed on the dotted line on Friday.

Parker, the speedster from Oregon, is expected to make contributions this season to the Chiefs offense. When he was drafted by the Chiefs last April, the Chiefs were excited about the prospect of spreading the field. Parker is a bit under-sized but makes up for that with good hands and blazing speed. He could become the Chiefs third receiver with an impressive training camp.

Most NFL Draft experts felt that the Chiefs stole Parker in the fourth round of the draft. What makes Parker so exciting is his amazing ability to accelerate in open spaces. His exceptional speed gives Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders another weapon for his high-octane offense.

Defensive end Jared Allen was another fourth round selection. He led the nation in sacks in 2003 and was the recipient of the Buck Buchanan award for the top defensive lineman. Allen possesses great instinct and should be in a position to back-up Eric Hicks at defensive end. R-Kal Truluck should be the back-up for Vonnie Holliday. That gives the Chiefs something they've not had in recent years--quality depth at defensive end.

With the team headed to River Falls on the 28th of July, Chiefs President/General Manager Carl Peterson is excited that all the draft picks are signed, sealed, and delivered.

"Our draft choices will all be under contract before we depart for training camp on July 28. The simple reason for that being the case," Peterson said, "is that their agents saw the importance of having their clients in camp on time. It's always a pleasure to negotiate with player agents who have their clients' best interests as a top priority. In my opinion, this will be the most competitive camp in my 15 previous years. It should make for an exciting season."


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