The Dallas Cowboys are about to unleash Micah Parsons.
Parsons will be changing positions to defensive end on a full-time basis for the 2023 season, according to a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Over the past two seasons, the Cowboys have deployed Parsons both as an inside linebacker — where he became an All-American at Penn State — and defensive end. But, it appears the plan moving forward is to make Parsons a defensive end full-time, beginning this fall.
Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker Micah Parsons is not participating in the teams offseason program. He is working out in Austin, adding bulk and weight to be a full-time defensive end next season, he said. Will return to Cowboys for OTAs. pic.twitter.com/HWgwbdLjXS
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) May 3, 2023
As the Star-Telegram points out, Parsons plans to bulk up this offseason, adding muscle to his 6-foot-3 and 245-pound frame.
Through the first two seasons of his NFL career, Parsons has already accumulated 26.5 sacks, along with 149 total tackles.
Last season, Pro Football Focus awarded Parsons a 91.6 overall grade, as he produced 90 quarterback pressures.
A move to defensive end full-time, is a return to Parsons’ natural position.
Prior to arriving in Happy Valley, where Parsons totaled 191 tackles and 18 sacks as one of the more dominant Nittany Lions defenders in recent memory, he was a five-star recruit and the No. 1 nationally ranked defensive end in his recruiting class.
Parsons made a strong push for Defensive Player of The Year in 2022, and has the chance to be an even more disruptive pass-rusher now that he’ll be moving to defensive end.