Safety Ron Parker to visit the Bears

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Safety Ron Parker. (AP)

The Bears have made safety a top priority in free agency, and on Wednesday, they’ll host Ron Parker for a visit at Halas Hall.

Parker, 27, is coming off a breakout season for the Kansas City Chiefs and is currently being pursued by several teams. He has versatility, starting 11 games at safety and four at cornerback last season.  The Bears need help at both positions.

Parker, who also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders, had 94 tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble in 2014.

The Bears also were scheduled to meet with veteran  Antrel Rolle, a two-time All-Pro safety with the New York Giants. Rolle traveled to Chicago on Tuesday.

Safety is a big need for the Bears, especially with a thin draft class. The Bears only have three safeties under contract: Ryan Mundy, Brock Vereen and Anthony Walters.

The Bears’ best safety last season was Chris Conte, who often was unfairly ridiculed by fans and media. He’s a free agent and will be meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and coach Lovie Smith.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox are scheduled to meet the media at 2 p.m. Wednesday when outside linebacker/defensive end Pernell McPhee is introduced.

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