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2022 Breakout RB Enters Prove-It Year on Franchise Tag

RB Tony Pollard and the Dallas Cowboys could not come to terms on a long-term extension, leaving Pollard to play out the 2023 season on the franchise tag.

This was the expected outcome for Pollard, especially coming off of a broken leg he suffered in the Divisional Round against the 49ers. The Cowboys could have the incentive to utilize Pollard as much as possible in 2023 given that Pollard will be a free agent in 2024, but that increase in volume is likely to occur regardless thanks to Ezekiel Elliott (and his 231 vacated carries) departing this offseason.

Pollard, who has already signed his franchise tag and will play for $10.1M this season, will avoid the drama surrounding a potential holdout like his fellow tag-mates Josh Jacobs and Saquon Barkley.

With ample time to recover from his injury and the runway to elite volume clear, only potential injury seems to stand in between Pollard and another Top-10 fantasy season, with upside to finish as the overall RB1.


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