There is a lot of pressure on Mike McCarthy. The Cowboys head coach is known to be on the hot seat and owner Jerry Jones is expecting big things from the team in 2024. It is understandable that McCarthy is feeling the heat. McCarthy showed some frustration today during a press conference when he was asked about linebacker Micah Parsons.

The superstar linebacker has been absent from Cowboys OTAs and is privately working out himself. McCarthy has been subjected to constant questions about why Parsons is not at OTAs with the team.

“I'm not doing attendance,” McCarthy said. “I'm not going to come up here and talk about one player when 98 percent of them are here.”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill Jr. reports that McCarthy said that Parsons looks good, but he missed an opportunity to bond with his teammates. He added that Parsons has work to catch up on as the Cowboys transition to a new defensive scheme.

The Cowboys will be adapting to a new scheme under new defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Parsons was reportedly training with former Texas Super Middleweight champion Tony Mack at TMack Elite Training in Allen, Texas. He went through an individualized workout routine to “help him achieve spiritual, physical, and mental growth.”

Micah Parsons had an impressive season in 2023. He logged 64 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and a career-high 14 sacks.

We're confident that Micah Parsons will be ready to go once the regular season arrives.

Why haven't the Cowboys signed Micah Parsons to a contract extension?

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates his sack against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Set. 24, 2023.

Another question surrounding the Cowboys is why aren't they handing out extensions to their top players?

Quarterback Dak Prescott, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, and linebacker Micah Parsons are all nearing the end of the existing contracts. Head coach Mike McCarthy is also in the last year of his contract. This has caused some to suggest that the Cowboys could be in for major changes if the 2024-25 NFL season.

However, some reports suggest that Parsons' potential extension is simply on the backburner. ESPN's NFL Nation team wrote that Parsons is locked up through 2025 because of his fifth-year option. The Cowboys could use the franchise tag on Parsons in 2026, which gives them some wiggle room in getting a long-term extension figured out.

While this is true, it doesn't fully explain why all of the Cowboys' top players haven't received an extension. There is only one franchise tag to go around each year, and Dak Prescott does not have a fifth-year option to pick up.

But what would a Micah Parsons extension even look like?

The Draft Network's Justin Melo took a stab at creating a rough estimate back in March. Parsons is technically a linebacker, but he is a ferocious pass rusher off the edge. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume the he will want top-of-market EDGE money. Melo suggested that Nick Bosa's contract could be a reasonable contract to compare Parsons' hypothetical deal to.

Melo landed on a five-year $180 million contract extension for Micah Parsons. That is certainly a hefty price tag, but Parsons has proven that he would be worth every penny.