Surprise Report on Tony Pollard's Cowboys Future Emerges

The Pro Bowl rusher is reportedly more likely to return to Dallas than previously thought.

Jan 14, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) rushes the ball
Jan 14, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) rushes the ball / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

After the disappointing early exit in the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys are entering a pivotal offseason, with free agency starting next week. There will certainly be some personnel changes, but the extent of it remains to be seen. The general consensus, however, was that the running back rotation would see significant transformation, with Tony Pollard expected to test free agency.

The latest reporting, however, suggests that the Pro Bowl rusher might run it back with the Cowboys for at least another year.

Michael Gehlken of Dallas Morning News reported from Indianapolis where the NFL Scouting Combine is taking place, that Cowboys fans should not expect a big-name running back signing in free agency, and Pollard's return is a legitimate possibility.

"Derrick Henry and Saquon Barkley’s names did not come up in Indy. The team is more likely to re-sign Tony Pollard, presuming his price is attainable, and draft a cheap, fresh-leg back to complement him."

Michael Gehlken of Dallas Morning News

This will surely be disappointing for Cowboys fans who expect owner Jerry Jones to break the bank in free agency after his remarks of "going all-in" for the 2024 campaign.

Running back is seen as a position in need of an upgrade among Cowboys fans after Pollard disappointed in his full season as RB1. His yards per attempt went from 5.2 to 4.0, and had a total of six touchdowns after having 12 the year prior. The Cowboys' rushing offense was middle of the pack in the NFL.

Pollard is still a valuable dual-threat running back but the fact that Dallas isn't even interested in some of the top-tier rusher free agents is certainly surprising.

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