Micah Parsons, the Dallas Cowboys first-round pick in the new NFL Draft on Wednesday marked his first pro contract.
Sources disclose to they that the agreement was arrived at this week with the linebacker from Penn State, who will presently play under the details of the standard four-year deal a team option for a fifth season.
Parsons was the 12th overall pick after opting out of playing for the Nittany Lions last season. In his first two seasons starring at Penn State, he recorded 191 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 26 games. He won Defensive Player of the Game in his final outing at Penn State, a bowl game victory in a contest played at AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys.
Sources have indicated to us that Parsons is viewed as the eventual starter at middle linebacker for defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s group, however he is additionally showing versatility as the Cowboys work to likewise integrate veteran linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch into the plan.
During OTAs and minicamp, the 6-3 Parsons has played inside and outside and has additionally experimented with a role as a pass-rusher.
“It’s one thing to cover, and one thing to tackle,” he said after a recent workout here at The Star, “but if you can do the trifecta and do all three – cover, tackle and blitz and get pressure – then that’s what makes you a good ballplayer.”
Former agent Joel Corry noticed that the opened deal is likely worth about $17 million more than four years and includes a $9 million signing bonus.
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