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Cowboys Reportedly Make Decision On Running Back Tony Pollard

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - JANUARY 08: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 hands the ball off to running back Tony Pollard #20 of the Dallas Cowboys against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on January 08, 2023 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back Tony Pollard one way or another.

If the two sides can't agree on a longterm contract extension this offseason, the team plans to hit Pollard with the franchise tag.

"The #Cowboys will franchise tag RB Tony Pollard if the two sides cannot work out a long-term deal by the Tuesday deadline, sources say. Dallas has been clear the tag is an option, and they aren't in the business of letting great players walk. Pollard will be there in 2023," NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday.

Pollard has emerged as a breakout star in recent years, supplanting Ezekiel Elliott as the Cowboys No. 1 running back. In a contract year this past season, he notched his first Pro-Bowl selection and first 1,000-yard rushing season. The 25-year-old ball carrier rushed for nine touchdowns and reeled in 39 catches for 371 yards and three more TDs.

Unfortunately, Pollard's impressive 2022 campaign was cut short when he suffered a broken leg and high-ankle sprain in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

If the Cowboys hit Pollard with the franchise tag, he'll earn just over $10 million for the 2023 season.

The franchise tag deadline is Tuesday, March 7.

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