The Dallas Cowboys are enjoying life with Tony Pollard as the offense’s running back.

The former backup ended the regular season with a higher snap count than Ezekiel Elliott and had nine games with over 50% of the offensive snaps.

It’s safe to say Pollard is a commodity the Cowboys want to keep around beyond this postseason. The former fourth-round draft pick is set to hit free agency in March though and he’s done enough to ask for a high number in negotiations.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network that the franchise tag appears to be a possibility for Pollard. Such a move could allow the Cowboys to keep their rising running back for one more year under a fully guaranteed contract.

It would prove costly, however. According to Over The Cap, a running back franchise tag is projected to cost $10.1 million.

The Cowboys have a distinct challenge to overcome to keep Pollard, though. Ezekiel Elliott is already signed to a huge deal and the franchise would be tying a lot of money to the running back position.

Barring any trade, cut, or pay cut, Zeke will have a cap number of $16.7M in 2023.

But one thing is clear. Pollard has been very good for the Cowboys and better than Elliott in just about every aspect of the game. He’s provided explosiveness to Kellen Moore’s rushing offense and has even improved as a pass protector.

Expect this to be one of the biggest storylines of the offseason for the Cowboys.

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