Micah Parsons on CeeDee Lamb's Cowboys holdout: 'He's about to hit the brinks truck'

by Christina S. Brown
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Dallas Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb is staying away from necessary minicamp because the All-Professional seeks a brand new contract, whereas star move rusher Micah Parsons is training after skipping many of the voluntary offseason work.

Lamb’s absence in the beginning of the three-day minicamp Tuesday got here a day after Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson agreed to the richest non-quarterback contract in NFL historical past.

The Vikings’ star receiver is getting $110 million assured in a four-year deal that pays $88 million up entrance and could possibly be price as a lot as $140 million.

Lamb and Jefferson had been drafted within the first spherical in 2020, which implies each are coming into the ultimate yr of their rookie contracts.

The typical per yr on Jefferson’s new deal is $35 million, nearly twice the $18 million Lamb is due coming off a profession yr on a workforce that has made the playoffs for 3 consecutive seasons.

The absence of Parsons in the course of the voluntary portion of the offseason was a much bigger deal for Dallas as a result of new defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has changed Dan Quinn, who was employed as head coach in Washington.

There will not be as many adjustments on offense within the second yr of coach Mike McCarthy calling performs for quarterback Dak Prescott. Within the first yr of that association, Lamb had profession highs with an NFL-leading 135 catches for 1,749 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“He is in a enterprise scenario,” McCarthy mentioned. “I’ve no qualms so far as our vets being prepared. They have been engaged, and we’ll be in an incredible spot.”

Parsons hung out with Houston quarterback C.J. Stroud in China and jumped within the ring with a sumo wrestler in Tokyo.

The 2021 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the 12 months has been courtside for a number of video games in the course of the Dallas Mavericks’ run to the NBA Finals, which begin Thursday night time in Boston.

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Parsons has been away from the workforce in the course of the voluntary a part of the offseason earlier than, and spent a while with McCarthy earlier than minicamp. He is nonetheless ready for his first sit-down with Zimmer, and mentioned he is wanting ahead to it.

Cowboys should pay CeeDee Lamb after Justin Jefferson’s large deal

Cowboys must pay CeeDee Lamb after Justin Jefferson's massive deal

“I am simply it as time for physique to heal,” mentioned Parsons, who’s a yr away from coming into the ultimate season of his rookie contract. “I am an undersized rusher who will get banged up yearly. I am simply letting my physique heal and preparing for the yr.”

Parsons was additionally requested about Lamb’s absence as he additionally awaits a profitable contract extension.

“CeeDee [is] about to hit the brink truck,” Parsons instructed reporters, by way of the Dallas Morning Information. He about to get his. However I can’t consider somebody extra deserving. I believe CeeDee is one of the best receiver within the league. In the event you ever need to argue it, high three, however in my eyes, seeing his mindset and the way he comes daily, I believe he deserves each penny.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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