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NFL Rumor: Dallas Cowboys to Place Franchise Tag on Tony Pollard in case of no New Contract

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys are debating whether to use the franchise tag on Tony Pollard

Tony Pollard may be Franchise Tagged by the Dallas Cowboys: The Dallas Cowboys are currently reported to be making plans to keep the running back Tony Pollard for the next season. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team is debating whether to use the franchise tag on him if they cannot strike a long-term deal before the Tuesday deadline. This move is highly plausible, especially after the Cowboys’ executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed the likelihood of using the franchise tag this offseason.

In 2023, the franchise tag for RB’s is worth $10 million. Using it on Pollard would mean the team will not be able to use it on other pending free agents. These include tight end Dalton Schultz and also safety Donovan Wilson. However, the Cowboys are unwilling to let Pollard hit the open market. They would also rather keep him in their dynamic running back duo with Ezekiel Elliott.

Why is Tony Pollard of high value?

Tony Pollard had an outstanding 2022 season, rushing for 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games and catching 39 passes for 371 yards and three scores. As of 2023, he is worth $9 million per season, according to Spotrac’s market value. Franchise-tagging Tony Pollard wouldn’t necessarily be a bad choice, as another 1,000-plus-yard season in 2023 could increase his value.

Will the Cowboys lose Ezekiel Elliott?

Although the Cowboys believe Tony Pollard will be ready before training camp despite recovering from a broken fibula, this situation presents a problem for them. The team is currently set to spend over $26 million on their top two RBs. The team could consider cutting Ezekiel Elliott from the roster before July 1, when his $16.72 million cap hit is applied. This would help them save $4.86 million towards the cap by releasing him.

With Tony Pollard’s potential and Ezekiel Elliott’s declining performances over the past few years, keeping Pollard on board could be a priority for the team. As a result, the decision to use the franchise tag on Pollard and potentially release Elliott will require careful consideration. This decision will probably be based on the team’s budget and priorities.

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Tivona Sivaram
Tivona Sivaram
She is an eager student interested in various fields of psychology, especially those such as criminal and child psychology. Human interactions and the idea of new experiences and gaining undiscovered knowledge appeal to her. Her previous work experiences involve volunteer work, content writing, research and more.


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