Cowboys Rumored to Be Out of Star Free Agent's Price Range

The Dallas Cowboys don't have a lot of cap space to work with, which could put them out of contention for a star running back.

Dec 17, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy looks on
Dec 17, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy looks on / Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Cowboys don’t have much cap space currently to work with ahead of the NFL’s legal tampering period on Monday. The Cowboys only have $2.24 million in space, according to Over The Cap, but they could do a couple of things this week to open up some more cap space to add some more talent to the team.

The Cowboys could be in the market for a new running back, as Tony Pollard is an unrestricted free agent. Pollard has reportedly said he’ll take less to return to Dallas. However, with Derrick Henry and Saquon Barkley both free agents, Dallas could be tempted to make a run at one of them.

Cowboys Rumors: Dallas Isn't Likely Landing Spot for Saquon Barkley

That being said, it doesn’t look like the Cowboys will be going after the former New York Giants running back in free agency. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan wrote about Barkley’s market Sunday, mentioning that the Philadelphia Eagles and Cowboys “have interest” and “aren’t expected to reach Barkley’s price point.”

It’s not surprising to hear this about the Cowboys, as they could turn their attention to Henry if the price is right or re-sign Pollard at a discount. Pollard wasn’t horrible last season as Dallas’ lead running back. 

The 26-year-old running back ran for 1,005 yards and six touchdowns in his full season as a starter. He also played an instrumental role in the Cowboys’ passing game, with 55 receptions (67 targets) for 311 yards.

Another reason why the Cowboys won’t reach Barkley’s price point is because they have to think about extensions for Dak Prescott, Micah Parsons, and CeeDee Lamb. None of those guys’ next deal will be cheap, and Dallas needs as much money/cap space to get all of it done.

Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see what the Cowboys do at the running back as they will have their options as they look to win the NFC East for the second straight year.

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