3 Former Cowboys Who Will Fail Miserably With Their New Teams After Free Agency

Some players learn the hard way that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Look for these three former Dallas Cowboys to fail with their new teams after departing in free agency.

RB Tony Pollard is one of three ex-Cowboys who'll fail with his new team.
RB Tony Pollard is one of three ex-Cowboys who'll fail with his new team. / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFL is a business and players leaving one franchise to join another is all a part of the game. The Dallas Cowboys learned that this offseason as several familiar faces walked out the door in free agency, leaving time to show if the grass truly is greener on the other side.

While changing scenery benefits some players, it can also be detrimental to others. The Cowboys have been far from perfect in recent years, but that doesn't change how they're still one of the league's best teams and excel at providing players with the best resources to excel.

With that in mind, here are three former Cowboys who will fail miserably with their new teams next season.

1. RB Tony Pollard

Tony Pollard was one of the bigger names to leave the Cowboys, joining the Tennessee Titans on a three-year, $21.75 million deal to begin free agency. The 26-year-old is replacing Derrick Henry, who was the Titans' lead back since the 2018 campaign.

Pollard is a solid rusher, no doubt, but the 2023 campaign proved that doesn't excel as the RB1. He finished his latest campaign with 1,316 scrimmage yards and six total touchdowns. While that doesn't seem that bad on paper, it's disappointing given that he tallied 1,378 yards and 12 TDs (with a Pro Bowl appearance) on 75 fewer touches while playing behind Ezekiel Elliott in 2022.

It's also hard to imagine Pollard properly filling Henry's shoes in Tennessee's backfield. The Titans have been able to have a solid run game due to Henry being one of the best RBs on the planet. He was also better suited for a workhorse role, which isn't the case for Pollard, who is three inches shorter and nearly 40 pounds lighter than his predecessor.

Considering how the Titans also owned the fifth-worst red-zone scoring percentage last season, I won't be shocked if Pollard's numbers take a huge hit with his new team.