Penn State Football standout Micah Parsons gets PAID by Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports) /

Dallas Cowboys first-round pick, and former Penn State Football standout, Micah Parsons, signed his rookie contract Wednesday 

Former Penn State Football linebacker, and the No. 12 overall pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL Draft, Micah Parsons, put pen to paper Wednesday on his mammoth rookie contract.

Parsons, who has the potential to start immediately in the middle of the Cowboys’ defense, alongside veteran Leighton Vander-Esch, had his contract fully guaranteed under the terms of the CBA’s rookie wage scale.

Under the terms of his deal, Parsons will collect $17 million guaranteed over the next four years, and the contract includes a fifth-year option that the Cowboys can choose to pick up, as all first-round contracts do.

A centerpiece of the Nittany Lions‘ defense for two seasons in Happy Valley, prior to opting out of his junior season due to COVID-19 concert and to prepare for the draft, Parsons produced 191 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, forced six fumbles, and recovered one of them.

According to multiple reports, Parsons has played on the outside and at inside linebacker during the Cowboys’ minicamp practices this spring.

It will be interesting to see whether he winds up lining up inside, or returns to a pass-rusher role, given that he arrived in State College as a five-star defensive end recruit from Harrisburg High School and one of the top high school prospects at his position in the nation.