Cowboys officially pick up 5th-year option on Micah Parsons

Cowboys officially pick up 5th-year option on Micah Parsons

The Cowboys said back in early March they would do it, and on Wednesday they finally did.

The team has officially picked up the fifth-year option on Micah Parsons, as reported by Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, who cited “a person familiar with the move.”

Parsons is now locked in to make a fully guaranteed $21.32 million for the 2025 season unless he and the front office come to a new long-term agreement before the ’25 season begins.

That dollar amount is the fifth-year option price for a defensive end, which is where Parsons played the majority of his snaps last year. Had he been officially classified as a linebacker, the option price would have jumped to $24 million.

Wide receiver and Cowboys teammate CeeDee Lamb is currently set to make $17.99 million playing this season on his fifth-year option, a tactic reserved for clubs to use on first-round draft picks once they near the end of their standard four-year rookie deals.

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The Cowboys have said they hope to sign Parsons to a long-term contract extension, but they have also said the same about Lamb and quarterback Dak Prescott. None has yet reached an agreement with the organization.

When it does happen, Parsons’s extension is widely expected to make him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, topping the $34 million average annual salary the San Francisco 49ers currently pay defensive end Nick Bosa.

Story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire