There's a familiar face not in attendance at the Dallas Cowboys' OTAs on Tuesday. Micah Parsons didn't show up as he seeks a long-term deal with the team, per Clarence Hill Jr:

“Micah Parsons is not at Cowboys OTA practice today. CeeDee Lamb was never expected to show up until at least minicamp. But there was hope that Parsons would attend OTAs after skipping the offseason program as he did last year.”

Hill also noted that CeeDee Lamb is absent amid his contract desires. For Parsons, there isn't too much worry of a holdout or anything — Dallas has already exercised his fifth-year option for 2025. But, it is likely they will reward him with a long-term deal before Week 1 rolls around.

Parsons has proven to be one of the best linebackers in the game since coming into the league and just had a career-high 14 sacks in 2023. He's finished top-three in Defensive Player of the Year voting in every NFL season thus far.

OTAs are voluntary but mandatory minicamp begins on June 4th. If Parsons doesn't show up to that, it would result in some fines.

Cowboys need to get Micah Parsons deal done

It became clear after one season that Parsons is a building block for this Cowboys franchise for many years to come, so paying him what he deserves is crucial. We're talking about a guy who has amassed 40.5 sacks in three years.

Dallas has a new defensive coordinator now in Mike Zimmer and he spoke this week about how the Cowboys will be doing everything imaginable to bring the absolute best out of Micah Parsons, especially with offenses trying to adjust to him every week.

Via On3:

“We were sitting up there again this morning talking about other things we can do with him,” Zimmer said Tuesday. “He’s such a dynamic player that, I said this the other day: ‘Offenses are always going to know where he’s at.’ They’re going to turn protections to him, have the back help chip no matter what it is.

“In a lot of the games he played last year that I watched, the offenses had a good scheme where they get two tight ends on him and all those things. So, we’re going to obviously move him around, do different things with him, but we’re going to use him some ways where we’re getting the protection turned the way we want it turned and able to win on the other side. Sometimes, we’re going to try to overload a protection where he gets a one-on-one.”

For what it's worth, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reported early Tuesday that Micah Parsons is expected to be back with the Cowboys on a full-time basis next week. He's reportedly focusing on one-on-one training with a boxing coach in the Dallas area rather than be at voluntary workouts. He's been in consistent contact with the Cowboys brass and they know his whereabouts.

It's clear everyone is on the same page, but regardless, not seeing your star defensive player at OTAs would cause fans to be a little bit worried. That's just natural.