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Ezekiel Elliott remains an option for the Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys failed to ink rising star running back Tony Pollard to a multi-year deal before the July 15 deadline.

The 26-year-old will play the 2023 season under the franchise tag. As a result he can enter free agency next offseason if the Cowboys don’t franchise tag him again.

Pollard is coming off a breakout campaign, where he earned his first Pro Bowl selection after recording a career-best 1,007 rushing yards on 193 attempts with nine rushing touchdowns. he also hauled in 39 receptions for 371 receiving yards and three touchdowns.


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Pollard’s stellar campaign ended on a sour note after he suffered a broken ankle in the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He underwent surgery to repair the injury and is expected to be ready in time for training camp.

The lack of a long-term deal could bring former Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott back into the picture. Elliott hasn’t latched onto a new team in his first experience in free agency likely due to his declined production and injury history.

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The Cowboys could sign him to provide much-needed stability in the backfield. Elliott could be especially vital due to Pollard still working his way back from a surgically-repaired ankle.

He could ink a one-year deal that would allow him to re-enter free agency next offseason. He already has a leg up with his knowledge of the playbook that would let him step in right away to contribute.

The Cowboys will likely continue to monitor his situation as the 2023 season inches closer.

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