The Dallas Cowboys have an all-world stud on their hands in Micah Parsons.
After another exemplary season rushing opposing QBs, Parsons joined Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor as the second defensive player since the the 1970 merger to be named a first-team All-Pro in their first two seasons.
While Parsons makes headlines by living in opponent’s backfields, his social media game is as good as they come among NFL players. Parsons engages with his audience and isn’t afraid to tweet what comes to his mind, especially as it pertains to storylines around the league.
On Wednesday, Parsons had something to say in response to Bills GM Brandon Beane discussing why the Bengals roster has surpassed Buffalo’s following Cincinnati’s “upset” win over the Bills in the Divisional Round.
Beane insinuated that the Bills didn’t tank for their core players. He even mentioned superstar receiver Ja’Marr Chase by name. It was a strange take by Beane, and Parsons countered by pointing out the fact that three of the four teams left have quarterbacks on a rookie deal who are surrounded by talent.
Cowboys’ Micah Parsons clarifies tweet that the media misunderstood as a shot at Dak Prescott’s contract.
As is the nature of social media, NFL Twitter overreacted and connected Parsons’ response as him questioning Dak Prescott’s contract.
In reality, though, Parsons was merely acknowledging the NFL’s flawed system that requires teams to pay top-dollar for quarterbacks. In doing so, teams commit between 20-25 percent of their salary cap to one player. It limits the amount of spending as far as building the roster around the quarterback, and the Bills will learn this the hard way once Josh Allen’s mammoth extension kicks in next year.
Rather than read between the lines, folks misinterpreted Parsons’ tweet as an indirect shot at his own quarterback, who’s paid $40 million per year. After catching wind of the fast-moving (but false!) narrative, Parsons put out the fire with a tweet that put his own contract desires into perspective.
Sorry to rain on your parade, NFL Twitter.
Parsons’ tweet wasn’t a shot at anyone, really. He was simply stating a fact most football fans have been acknowledging for years. The easiest way to maximize a Super Bowl window is having a quarterback on a rookie contract and having a core of talented players at other premium positions around him.
It’s easier said than done, and Buffalo is a prime example of that. The Chiefs won a Super Bowl with Patrick Mahomes on a rookie deal, and the Bengals, Eagles and 49ers are hoping to do the same with Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, and Brock Purdy, respectively.
As far as the Bengals and Eagles are concerned, Burrow and Hurts will soon command gargantuan contracts, so they better enjoy this while it lasts.
Parsons tweet was never about Prescott, nor his contract.