The Dallas Cowboys are always in the headlines, whether it’s good news or bad news. This particular incident will probably fall somewhere in between for most, but it stirs the pot.

Cowboys’ All-Pro linebacker Micah Parsons is not only a fantastic football player but he’s also not shy about voicing his opinion. On Wednesday, Parsons quoted a tweet about Buffalo Bills’ general manager Brandon Beane saying he didn’t want his team to be so bad that they would have to get a player like Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, seeing as he was a high draft pick.

That’s when the controversy started.

It’s no secret that Dak Prescott signed a four-year deal worth $160 million before the 2021 season. Of course, the more money a star player makes the more teams have to do some finagling when it comes to the salary cap so that they can keep acquiring talent.

With that type of salary, everything Prescott does, or doesn’t do, gets magnified. After his two-interception performance in the Cowboys’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the second round, the amount Prescott gets paid, predictably, became a topic of discussion considering he hasn’t led the Cowboys past the second round in seven seasons.

Prescott isn’t viewed in the same light as Patrick Mahomes or Joe Burrow, the upper-echelon of NFL quarterbacks. So, many feel his price tag doesn’t match his talent, and that Parsons was suggesting the same thing with his tweet.

Adding to the perception of what Parsons said was his quote after the Cowboys fell to the 49ers.

“I think that we held them to one touchdown,” Parsons said. ”And if you told me, we would come in this game and hold them up to under 20 points. If you take away the turnover points, you hold them to under 15. You would win the game. So I really want to say that I think everybody left it out there but they made bigger plays.”

The 49ers scored six points off of Prescott’s turnovers (two field goals). So, they would have only had 13 points if that wasn’t the case and it would have changed the Cowboys thinking on their final drive when they were stuck on 12 points, and the outcome may have been a lot different.

It was no surprise that what Parsons said got people talking. However, he quickly cleared up any confusion on the matter with multiple tweets stating his position.

Another way to take what Parsons said involves the Cowboys’ front office. When the Cowboys parted ways with Amari Cooper and decided that going forward with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup was the best decision, it caused some controversy.

The Cowboys could have restructured Cooper’s deal to save money on the cap and keep him on the roster. Instead, they signed Gallup to a five-year deal worth $62.5 million last March, despite having torn his ACL three months earlier.

Dallas drafted Jalen Tolbert in the third round last April. However, that was the only thing the Cowboys did for the most part after trading Cooper for a late-round pick to the Cleveland Browns. Yes, the Cowboys did sign veteran T.Y. Hilton, but they could have been more diligent in their efforts to make up for losing Cooper.

It’s unlikely that Parsons was trying to attack Prescott. More than likely, he was hinting to the team that they need more to help the Cowboys improve. Either way, it’s not a great look considering all the context involved.

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