May 15, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver coach P.J. Fleck talks with wide receiver Mike Williams (19), wide receiver Preston Parker (87), wide receiver Sammie Stroughter (18) and wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) during organized team activities at One Buc. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
According to Brian McIntyre of NFL.com, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Preston Parker to a one-year contract extension earlier this month, keeping him under contract through the 2013 season. The wide receiver will earn $1,000,000 in 2013 and received a $50,000 signing bonus as part of the extension. He was set to earn $540,000 this season as an exclusive-rights free agent. The Florida native joined the Bucs as an undrafted free agent after the 2010 NFL draft. He originally played for the Florida State Seminoles, but several off-field issues saw him removed from the team, forcing him to finish his college career at North Alabama. He hasn't gotten in any kind of trouble since moving to the NFL.
Parker had a breakout season as a slot receiver last year, catching 40 passes for 554 yards and 3 touchdowns, frequently looking like the team's best receiver. He did a great job finding space and repeatedly turned short passes into long gains and first downs. Football Outsiders had him ranked as the Bucs' second-most valuable receiver, behind Dezmon Briscoe.
Parker was criticized for a poor game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in which he fumbled twice on punt returns, sparking a Jaguars comeback. In total, the wide receiver fumbled eight times during the season, losing three. While Parker was a very productive slot receiver, he was pedestrian as a kickoff and punt returner, and the Bucs may want to look for a different option at the position.
Still, Parker certainly earned a small contract extension with his play last year, as he was clearly the team's best wide receiver last season.