The Washington Redskins have reached agreement with free agent running back Willie Parker on a one-year deal with a maximum value of $3.1 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Parker will be joining a crowded backfield as the Redskins signed Larry Johnson last month, and Clinton Portis will be returning for another season.
Parker drew minimal interest on the open market but did visit the Washington Redskins just two days into free agency.
Days later, the Redskins signed Larry Johnson. Parker also visited the St. Louis Rams this off-season. According to the report, Parker was told there will be a open competition.
After losing his starting job to Rashard Mendenhall in 2009, Parker rushed for 389 yards on 98 carries in a second straight injury plagued season.
Parker was a pro bowler in 2006 and 2007, and among the games elite running backs, averaging 1,337 yards in three seasons for the Steelers from 2005 to 2007.
The Steelers had an interest in bringing Parker back at a reduced rate but the interest wasn’t mutual.
The two sides were not in negotiations this off-season.