Cowboys place franchise tag on Tony Pollard
The Dallas Cowboys have placed the franchise tag on running back Tony Pollard, more than 24 hours before the deadline. The Monday tag indicates the two sides are not extremely close on any level of contract agreement, and was widely assumed to be the action if that were the case.
Pollard is now scheduled to make at least $10.09 million in 2023, a far cry from his rookie deal that paid him under $4 million total for his first four years in the league. 2022 was the Memphis alum’s best season, surpassing 1,000 yards on the ground and scoring 12 total touchdowns.
The Cowboys can theoretically pull the tag from Pollard. This is the case until he signs the tender or a longer agreement is reached. The two sides can still negotiate a longer deal until July 15.
Pollard is rehabilitating a serious leg injury suffered in Dallas’ playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers in January, but is expected to be fully recovered by the team’s training camp in late summer.