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Dallas Cowboys Apply Franchise Tag to Tony Pollard

Dallas Cowboys Apply Franchise Tag to Tony Pollard

According to ESPN’s NFL insider, Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys have applied the franchise tag to Tony Pollard. The 25-year-old running back, was the Cowboys fourth-round pick (128th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft and, will receive a $10.09 million salary for the 2023 season.

Pollard, who is viewed as the more explosive back of the Cowboys tandem that consists of Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott, suffered a high-ankle sprain during the Cowboys’ divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers which ended his career-best 2022 season. He underwent what is known as a “TightRope” procedure, using a braided polyethylene cord in lieu of surgical screws to allow the tibia and fibula to heal.

The franchise tag is the most logical and cost-effective option for the Cowboys to retain Pollard, with the ramifications of Ezekiel Elliott’s six-year $90 million contract still being dealt with. With running backs facing a lot of wear and tear, the days of long-term running back contracts are likely a thing of the past. It will be interesting to see what happens with 26-year-old Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants, who may end up a free agent. The Cleveland Browns signed 27-year-old running back Nick Chubb to a three-year $36 million extension in the 2022 offseason.

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