Micah Parsons

Micah Parsons

25-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Dallas Cowboys
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Parsons set a new career high with 14.0 sacks last year, but he's been arguably the most consistent pass rusher in the NFL since being drafted 12th overall in 2021, producing 13.0 sacks as a rookie and 13.5 in 2022. Former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn lined him up all over the field looking for mismatches, but it's not yet clear how new DC Mike Zimmer plans to deploy Parsons, or whether the scheme change will have an impact on his numbers. The 25-year-old edge rusher's elite athleticism should allow him to thrive no matter how he's used, however. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $17.08 million contract with the Cowboys in June of 2021. Cowboys exercised $21.32 million team option for 2025 in April of 2024.
Contract option picked up
LBDallas Cowboys
April 24, 2024
The Cowboys exercised the fifth-year team option on Parsons' rookie contract Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
ANALYSIS
Per Gehlken, the star edge rusher will earn $21.32 million in 2025, but that salary may only serve as a placeholder before Parsons and the Cowboys are able to work out what's expected to be a lavish long-term deal. The 24-year-old is coming off another productive effort with the Cowboys in 2023, as he racked up 64 tackles and a career-high 14 sacks in 17 regular-season outings.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Micah Parsons' measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
245 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.39 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.40 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.94 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
 
Broad Jump
126 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
Hand Length
11.00 in
 
Arm Length
31.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Since being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Parsons has emerged as one of the most dynamic defensive players in the league, racking up 26.5 sacks in his first 33 games for Dallas without even being a full-time pass rusher. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn sees the value in keeping offenses guessing by lining Parsons up all over the formation and using him in different roles, and while that makes the 24-year-old's ultimate statistical output tough to predict, his main job for the Cowboys will still be to terrorize quarterbacks.
There’s no comparison to the uniqueness and profound talent Parsons brings to the field, and it’s tough to project the specifics of his future since he can dominate in so many ways. The area of eventual focus is what will determine his IDP upside – more off-ball work means more tackles, so the more Parsons rushes the passer the less likely he is to rank at the top of IDP linebackers.
The 11th overall pick in the 2020 draft, Parsons graded as the top defensive player in the entire class on some boards. His sideline-to-sideline speed and burst to the ball are elite, giving him massive IDP upside as a tackle vacuum who also can rush the passer and handle coverage assignments. While he needs to refine his reads and positioning and learn when to lay back rather than be in all-out attack mode, physically there's little Parsons can't do on the field. The only thing standing between him and huge numbers as a rookie might be the competition for snaps from holdovers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.
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Another big season
LBDallas Cowboys
January 30, 2024
Parsons recorded 64 tackles (36 solo) including 14.0 sacks with two passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery over 17 regular-season games in 2023.
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New career high in sacks
LBDallas Cowboys
January 8, 2024
Parsons recorded five tackles (four solo), including a sack, in Sunday's win over the Commanders.
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Six tackles in win
LBDallas Cowboys
January 1, 2024
Parsons finished Saturday's 20-19 win over the Lions with six tackles (five solo).
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Seven tackles in loss
LBDallas Cowboys
December 26, 2023
Parsons recorded seven tackles (two solo), including a half-sack, in Sunday's 22-20 loss to the Dolphins.
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Full participant in practice
LBDallas Cowboys
December 14, 2023
Parsons (illness) was a full participant in practice Thursday after being listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Opted for extra rest
LBDallas Cowboys
June 4, 2024
Parsons explained that he wanted extra time to rest his body, which is why he skipped OTAs earlier this offseason, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Parsons is seeking a new contract from the Cowboys, which undoubtedly played a role in his absence. However, he also provided a more detailed response to defend his decision to stay away from team activities, citing his relatively small stature for his position and his desire to let his body heal. While coach Mike McCarthy called Parsons' absence a missed opportunity to learn new defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's defense, Parsons was unconcerned and said he'd have plenty of time to gel with the defensive unit during training camp.
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