4 Upcoming Free Agents the Dallas Cowboys Will Let Walk

With a couple of players set for new contracts, the Dallas Cowboys are going to have to let some key players walk in free agency ahead of the 2024 season
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1. Tony Pollard, RB

For four years, Cowboys fans were begging for more of Tony Pollard. While it's true Ezekiel Elliott had some amazing moments during his tenure, Pollard was constantly giving the offense a shot in the arm when he would come in. Then in 2022, during his fourth season, Pollard finally took off.

With a career-high 193 carries, he topped 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. That led to the front office finally deciding to move on from Elliott and they retained Pollard via the franchise tag. The one concern heading into the year was his health with Pollard suffering a fractured leg against the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round.

Pollard was ready by training camp and still had his signature speed. However, in the primary role, he hasn't been nearly as dominant. He still has 737 yards and five touchdowns, which is respectable, but he's topped 100 yards in a game just once and is averaging a career-low 4.1 yards per attempt. His receiving numbers are down as well, with him averaging a personal low there as well with 5.9 yards per catch.

Perhaps it's the change in offensive philosophy under Mike McCarthy — who is now calling plays — or maybe it's the fact that he's in the game now when teams expect the run. Either way, his play hasn't been enough to warrant paying him a top running back salary, which means this era might be heading to an end.

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