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Cowboys’ Micah Parsons suggests he could play for Steelers

Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers has received a lot of criticism in recent years. But it’s clear he has a lot of respect around the league. Tomlin certainly has the respect of Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons.

Clarence Hill Jr. of Fort-Worth Star Telegram wrote in a tweet that Parsons told reporters on June 4 that if he ever played for another team, he would rather join the Steelers.

Why? Because of Tomlin.

“If he were to hypothetically go home later in his career, it would be to join the Pittsburgh Steelers and not the Philadelphia Eagles, in part because of Mike Tomlin,” Hill wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Parsons possibly playing for another team is a topic as the edge rusher nears the end of his rookie contract. However, Dallas did pick up Parsons’ fifth-year option, which will keep him with the Cowboys through the 2025 season.

Parsons is from Harrisburg, but Steelers fans shouldn’t get too excited about the possibility of Parsons coming home in 2026. Hill reported that Parsons has made it clear he wants to play his entire career in Dallas.

Micah Parsons coming home to Pennsylvania?

Not only is Parsons a native of Harrisburg, but he also played in college at Penn State. Parsons’ relationship with Tomlin began at his Pro Day.

Steelers Depot’s Alex Kozora wrote on June 4 that Tomlin attended Parson’s 2021 Pro Day at Penn State and called the edge rusher’s performance a “freak show.”

Most notably, Parsons completed the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds while standing at a height of 6-foot-4 and 246 pounds.

Parsons has recorded at least 13 sacks in each of his first three NFL seasons. He won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2021 and was a first-team All-Pro in both 2021 and 2022.

Last season, despite only becoming second-team All-Pro, Parsons finished third in Defensive Player of the Year, trailing only TJ Watt and Myles Garrett.

However, if Parsons ever plays for the Steelers, it seems highly unlikely that it will happen when Watt is still in his prime. Pittsburgh has Watt and Alex Highsmith on the edge, who will have a combined cap hit of more than $37 million in 2024.

Watt will become a free agent when Parsons does so in 2026. It is highly likely that the Steelers will re-sign Watt instead of pursuing Parsons.

More than likely, the Cowboys will sign Parsons to a contract before the start of the 2025 season.

Respect from Mike Tomlin around the league

If there are any takeaways from Parsons’ comments, it’s further confirmation of how much players love Tomlin.

The 2024 NFLPA report card released early this season was another indication of Tomlin’s respect around the league. The only A grade the Steelers received on their report card was for head coach.

Only three head coaches, Andy Reid, Dan Campbell and Kevin O’Connell, received a higher grade (A-plus) than Tomlin on the report card.

Tomlin could face a lot of heat this fall if the Steelers struggle offensively again. If the team doesn’t win a playoff game this season, even more fans will become frustrated.

But the amount of love Tomlin is getting from players around the league is another reason why the Steelers probably shouldn’t make a coaching change anytime soon.

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