Feb 8, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Micah Parsons on the red carpet before the NFL Honors show at Resorts World Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Micah Parsons absent from Cowboys OTAs

Star linebacker Micah Parsons was not spotted as the Dallas Cowboys began organized team activities on Tuesday.

Parsons, who wants a new contract, was not the only member of the Cowboys absent on Tuesday. Wide receiver Cee Dee Lamb, as expected, also was not in attendance as he seeks a new deal.

Parsons, 24, will make just under $3 million this year and $21.3 million under his fifth-year option in 2025.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro, Parsons finished seventh in the NFL last season with 14 sacks. He had 13 as a rookie in 2021 and 13.5 in 2022.

Lamb, 25, is due to earn $17.99 million under his fifth-year option in 2024. That’s a bargain-basement price for a player coming off a record-setting All-Pro season in 2023.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Lamb broke Hall of Famer Michael Irvin’s single-season franchise marks with an NFL-high 135 catches and 1,749 yards, adding a career-high 12 touchdown catches in 17 starts.

Lamb has racked up 395 catches for 5,145 yards and 32 touchdowns in 66 games (61 starts) since being selected by the Cowboys with the 17th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates his sack against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Set. 24, 2023.

Cowboys exercise fifth-year option on DE Micah Parsons

The Dallas Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option on defensive end Micah Parsons on Wednesday.

The move will keep Parsons under contract through the 2025 season. It will pay him $21.32 million in 2025, barring a long-term deal with the Cowboys, a number determined by where he played the most snaps in 2023, which was DE. Parsons will earn $2.99 million this season.

Parsons has 40.5 sacks in three seasons, including a career-best 14 in 2023. He’s a three-time Pro Bowl player and two-time All-Pro. He was also the 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates his sack against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Set. 24, 2023.

Micah Parsons: CeeDee Lamb is priority for Cowboys

While Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons says he’s ready to commit to the team “for life,” he also understands that the club may have a higher priority in negotiating with wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.

“I know they gotta get CeeDee Lamb done. I think that’s the priority right now,” Parsons told NFL Network on Friday.

Lamb, 24, heads into the 2024 season on the last season of his contract thanks to a fifth-year option.

However, after a season in which he set a Cowboys’ franchise record for receptions (135) and receiving yards (1,749), Lamb is expected to seek a significant increase from his $17.9 million fifth-year salary. That would bring him more in line with the annual salaries of other wide receivers in the league like Miami’s Tyreek Hill ($30 million) and Las Vegas’ Davante Adams ($28 million).

In early January, when asked if he would like to be the NFL’s highest-paid receiver, Lamb said, “Ideally, yeah, for sure.”

Parsons, 24, also has the numbers to earn a raise, having earned Pro Bowl team and All-Pro nods in each of his first three seasons. Selected by the Cowboys with the 12th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Parsons has one year left on his rookie deal, with this offseason being the first opportunity to extend his deal.

“If they’re ready to talk about a deal and get a deal done, I’ll be super excited,” he said. “You know I’m ready to be (with the) Cowboys for life, this is the team I wanted to be with, this is the team I want to win a championship with.

“What’s meant for me is meant for me. I’m not gonna rush the process, I’m gonna just enjoy the process and keep working until it’s time.”

Parsons had 14.0 sacks to lead the Cowboys in 2023. He has a career total of 40.5 sacks in 50 games, all starts.

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Sep 10, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Micah Parsons rips Giants for not pulling Daniel Jones

Count Dallas Cowboys All-Pro pass rusher Micah Parsons among those who think the New York Giants should have pulled their quarterback from the carnage of Sunday night’s Week 1 blowout.

Jones played all but three offensive snaps in the Giants’ 40-0 loss, despite playing behind backup offensive linemen late in the game. Tyrod Taylor came on with 1:10 remaining to take the final three snaps.

“It’s called protecting your guy,” Parsons said Tuesday on his podcast, “The Edge with Micah Parsons.”

“I don’t think Daniel Jones should have been in that game in the fourth quarter,” Parsons said. “I thought they should have protected him and pulled him out. … (Their) season would be over without Daniel Jones.”

Parsons had one of the seven sacks on Jones, playing in his first game since signing a $160 million extension in March. Parsons also had two hits on Jones, who was pressured by the Cowboys on 55 percent of his 42 dropbacks, per ESPN.

Giants coach Brian Daboll said after Sunday’s game that the team was just trying to get something going and that there was never a conversation about pulling Jones.

“I do not agree with Daniel Jones staying out there until that last drive,” Parsons said. “I thought that was wrong. I thought it was deceiving. That’s your franchise quarterback and he’s out there with a backup offensive line, still getting sacked and hit. I just didn’t understand.”

Jones and the Giants (0-1) return to action on Sunday against the host Arizona Cardinals (0-1). He finished 15-of-28 passing for 104 yards with two interceptions against Dallas.

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Nov 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates after he sacks New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys’ Micah Parsons joins teammates for OTAs

Dallas Cowboys All-Pro linebacker Micah Parsons was on the field for Tuesday’s organized team activities at Frisco, Texas.

Parsons had been a no-show at voluntary workouts, forcing the Cowboys to address the situation last week. Parsons sought permission from team brass to work out on his own in Austin, Texas.

“We’re comfortable with that. That’s not unlike a lot of guys,” vice president Stephen Jones said last week.

Parsons has been working to put on weight, preparing for what he said was a transition to a base defensive end role.

“It’s hard battling 300-pound guys at 255 pounds every week,” Parsons said at the end of last season.

Although the Cowboys haven’t committed to that transition, Parsons logged 738 snaps on the defensive line and less than 175 at linebacker during the 2022 season.

Parsons, who turns 24 on Friday, has recorded 26.5 sacks in his first two seasons with the Cowboys, who selected him No. 12 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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Oct 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy talks with quarterback Dak Prescott (4) on the field prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott progressing in recovery

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is encouraged with the progress of quarterback Dak Prescott as he continues his recovery from thumb surgery.

Prescott has missed the Cowboys’ last four games — all wins — after injuring his thumb in the season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has been a part of the “rehab group” since undergoing surgery on Sept. 12.

“Dak had a good day (on Wednesday),” McCarthy said. “He threw post-practice. It went well. The plan today is to have him participate in the quarterback school drills and he will throw again in post-practice.”

When asked why it was post-practice and not during practice, McCarthy was quick with a response.

“We’re preparing to get ready for a game, and he’s still in the rehab phase,” he said.

Cooper Rush is in line to make his fifth straight start for Dallas (4-1), which could pull even atop the NFC East with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles (5-0) on Sunday night.

McCarthy also said linebacker Micah Parsons “will do a little more today” as he attempts to work his past a groin injury.

Parsons received NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Wednesday after he recorded two sacks and five tackles in the Cowboys’ 22-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Parsons shares the NFL lead with six sacks on the season.

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Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) in action during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Micah Parsons questionable vs. Giants

Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons was limited in practice on Saturday and is listed as questionable to play in Monday night’s game against the host New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.

Parsons returned to practice after missing two straight sessions with an illness. Dallas coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Friday on 105.3 The Fan that Parsons is dealing with allergies.

Like Parsons, tight end Dalton Schultz (knee) returned as a limited participant Saturday after missing two practices. He also is considered questionable.

Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee) turned in his third straight full practice and is considered questionable for Monday’s game.

Defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna (neck) was limited in practice for the second straight day on Saturday and is questionable.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (thumb) and safety Jayron Kearse (knee) have been ruled out vs. New York.

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Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Micah Parsons (illness) misses practice again

Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons missed his second straight practice on Friday due to what is being labeled as an illness.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the team website on Thursday that Parsons tested negative for both COVID-19 and the flu. Dallas coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on 105.3 The Fan that Parsons is dealing with allergies.

“(Parsons) is feeling better today, but he will not practice today,” McCarthy told reporters on Friday.

The Dallas Morning News reported Parsons still is expected to play on Monday when the Cowboys (1-1) visit the New York Giants (2-0) in East Rutherford, N.J. Parsons is tied for the second in the NFL with four sacks and has recorded 17 in just 18 career games.

Tight end Dalton Schultz was able to do movement and ball-skill work on the side Friday. He is dealing with a sprained right knee sustained during the Cowboys’ 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (thumb) was seen doing conditioning work on Friday.

Prescott was injured in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and backup Cooper Rush was at the helm last week against the Bengals.

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