Micah Parsons, CeeDee Lamb Won't Be Happy With Cowboys' Reported Contract Plans

The Cowboys will reportedly prioritize Dak Prescott's contract negotiations, which puts Micah Parsons and CeeDee Lamb in an interesting spot heading into training camp.
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The Dallas Cowboys have done a great job kicking the can down the road when discussing the potential contract extensions for CeeDee Lamb and Dak Prescott. Dallas has yet to give Prescott or Lamb new deals, despite them knowing they must pay them and saying they are “all-in” for 2024.

Nonetheless, the clock is ticking for the Cowboys and they know it, especially with more starting quarterbacks and star wide receivers getting paid this offseason. And then to make things more interesting for Dallas, they have to consider giving Micah Parsons an extension.

However, among those three players, it seems as if the Cowboys will likely prioritize Prescott’s contract extension. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said last week on SportsCenter that the “feeling around the league and sources I’ve talked to is that they want to start with Dak. (h/t Andrew Peters of Bleacher Report).”

“They've put it on the table with Dak's people that 'Hey look, you're a priority. We want to try to get something done.' “As far as hard dollars, not a lot of progress yet,” Fowler added. “I would describe their efforts so far as passive.”

The Cowboys are playing a dangerous game as they need Prescott and Lamb on the field to reach the goals they want in 2024. It makes sense to take care of Prescott as you don’t have a lame-duck quarterback situation hanging over the team in training camp and going into the preseason.

Last season, Prescott had a bounce-back 2023 campaign after struggling in 2022. The veteran quarterback completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 4,516 yards, 36 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. It would be imperative for the Cowboys to get something done with Prescott soon after Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence signed his extension last week.

However, Jerry Jones and Co. need to show some urgency with Lamb, who is also entering the last year of his rookie deal and is coming off a tremendous 2023 season. The former first-round pick set career-highs across the board with 135 receptions (181 targets) for 1,749 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Based on his production last season and throughout his career, Lamb should be in line to get a contract similar to what Justin Jefferson and Amon-Ra St. Brown received from their respective teams. 

With Prescott’s extension hanging in the balance, who knows when the Cowboys will get around to Lamb, let alone Parsons. The Cowboys can afford to wait on Parsons' new deal as they picked up his fifth-year option in April for $21.3 million, which means he won't be a free agent until 2026. But they know Parsons would want to have that long-term security sooner than later.

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