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Kyle Parker, Rockies strike a deal

Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker signed a contract with the Colorado Rockies that will allow him to play football at Clemson this fall and beyond, the Post and Courier reported.

Highlights from the story:

  • Parker gave up about $800,000 to play for Clemson this fall. Wasn't that about Dabo Swinney's entire salary his first year?

  • If Parker returns to the football team after this season, he'll lose a large chunk of change from his signing bonus.

  • If he leaves the football team after this year, he'll get his bonus cash faster.

My take:

  • This decision is a reflection of Parker's love for football, and that guarantees that Clemson fans are going to get his best effort this fall. You don't turn down that kind of money to lose. It's a decision that should really resonate with his teammates and prompt them to rally around him as their leader. He's proved his commitment and earned their trust.

  • If Parker is a first-round draft pick without focusing on baseball year round, man, can you imagine how could he'd be if he were swinging a wooden bat all summer?

  • Parker was a record-setting quarterback as a redshirt freshman last year. He's only going to be better this fall. Too much is being made of the graduation of C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford. There is enough talent on the offense to be equally as productive if Clemson finds some dependable receivers. With Parker back, there's no reason Clemson can't repeat as Atlantic Division champs. This team should eventually appear in the Top 25.

  • Enjoy Parker now, because this deal will make it difficult for him to stick around another season -- especially if the Tigers play in the ACC championship game again. Then again, many people (including Parker) thought he'd be gone by now.