Cowboys Take Next Step Toward Tony Pollard Split

The franchise tag window is now open but will the Cowboys use it?

Jan 7, 2024; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) carries the ball
Jan 7, 2024; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) carries the ball / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Cowboys trot into a pivotal offseason for the franchise. Despite going 12-5, the Cowboys had another disappointing exit in the playoffs, getting booted in the Wild Card Round.

As sights now pivot to 2024, management must take a deep dive into the roster as they look to make some improvements. The franchise tag window opened on Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. ET and runs through March 5 at 4 p.m. ET.

That gives clubs two weeks to decide if they want to place the franchise tag on anyone but Dallas has made their mind up on a specific player. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Cowboys are not expected to tag running back Tony Pollard.

Dallas Cowboys Not Likely to Franchise Tag RB Tony Pollard

The franchise tag number for running backs in 2024 is listed at $12.1 million. If the Cowboys decided to place that on Pollard, the number would automatically be fully guaranteed for the upcoming season.

They did place the tag on Pollard in 2023 and he secured $10.091 million, but they don't want to do it in back-to-back years.

Last season was the first time that the 26-year-old tailback was the lead workhorse in the backfield. He finished the year with 252 carries for 1,005 yards and six rushing touchdowns. He also reeled in 55 receptions for 311 yards.

With extensions looming for Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb, and Micah Parsons, the Cowboys may look to bring Pollard back on a smaller cap hit than the $12.1 million listed on the franchise tag.

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