Cowboys angered Micah Parsons by letting star free agent get away

Oct 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) before the
Oct 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) before the / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys were the only team in the NFL on the first day of free agency that didn't re-sign one of their own free agents or sign an external free agent. One of 32. Before the frenzy, Micah Parsons made it very clear what players he wanted the Cowboys to go after.

Appearing on the Stephen A. Smith Show, Parsons was adamant that Dallas needed an imposing linebacker that can get downhill in the run game and a stud at defensive tackle. Most Cowboys fans agreed with Parsons' analysis, as LB and DT were death knells for the team late in the season and in the playoffs.

The Cowboys also need a running back, but they stood on the sidelines while names like Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, D'Andre Swift, Tony Pollard and Devin Singletary came flying off the board.

Amid the RB frenzy, Parsons sent a subtle message to the Cowboys' front office after the Packers shockingly released Aaron Jones. Fittingly, Dallas let Jones get away as he reached an agreement with the Vikings to remain in the NFC North.

This definitely didn't sit right with Parsons.

Cowboys may have angered Micah Parsons by letting Aaron Jones get away

Yes, the Aaron Jones disrespect is crazy. If there is any team -- even more so than the Vikings, who played Jones twice a year for seven seasons -- that knows what Jones is capable of, it's the Cowboys. Jones went to high school in El Paso, Texas and went on to star in college at UTEP.

Jones is out to prove a point every time he plays the Cowboys. His numbers back that up. In four career games against Dallas, Jones has accumulated 488 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on nearly 6.0 yards per carry. He also has the most rushing yards per game vs the Cowboys (122) of any player with at least three games against the team.

As Parsons implied, signing Jones to lead the backfield would've been a genius move. He just got released and was very affordable. Sure enough, he signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Vikings. Maybe he wanted to stick it to Green Bay by staying in the NFC North, but the fact Dallas stood pat is infuriating.

The Mike McCarthy connection to Jones stared the Cowboys right in the face. They even have Jones' old nemesis Mike Zimmer, who likely has great respect for the veteran running back from his days as the Vikings head coach.

Oh, to have a penny for Parsons' thoughts right now.

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