Tony Pollard Free Agency Predictions: Landing Spots Include Chargers, Raiders, Eagles

With the Dallas Cowboys unlikely to franchise Tony Pollard again, he is set to hit free agency. What are some of the potential landing spots?

The 2023 NFL season is over and officially in the rearview mirror. Now the league heads towards 2024 NFL free agency as the new league year officially starts on March 13. Before that, though, there’s the franchise tag deadline, something Tony Pollard is all too familiar with.

Despite playing on the tag last season, there has been no indication to believe the Dallas Cowboys plan to use it on him once again. That sets Pollard up to hit the open market and the opportunity to be somewhere else next season. We look at possible landing spots for the dynamic running back ahead of the start of free agency.

Tony Pollard Free Agency Landing Spots

Last season was Pollard’s first chance to be the featured running back in Dallas after the team moved on from Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard’s production in spelling Zeke for the early part of his career allowed the Cowboys to let Elliott go in favor of giving him a full-time role.

However, Pollard broke his ankle in the 2022 playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers, and despite being given the tag and dubbed as the guy in Dallas, he didn’t quite look like himself at times throughout the year.

Pollard ultimately finished the 2023 season with over 1,000 rushing yards, but it wasn’t the type of production or consistency the Cowboys were hoping for. Dallas may look to add him back to the fold if the money is right, but there’s a real chance Pollard plays elsewhere in 2024.

Chargers Could Opt for Fresh Legs With Tony Pollard

Despite 2023 not looking the best for Pollard, the consensus is that he’s a largely underutilized asset at the RB position compared to his counterparts. He has only had over 200 carries in a season once, and that was in 2023. Before that, Pollard had only 510 touches in four seasons.

The Los Angeles Chargers could choose to move on from Austin Ekeler in favor of a younger, less tread on his tires running back like Pollard. The money shouldn’t be outrageous, and a year removed from an injury, Greg Roman and Jim Harbaugh may be able to get the best out of him.

Pollard Could Be a Cost-Effective Substitute for Josh Jacobs

Josh Jacobs figures to be one of the more sought-after running backs slated to hit the open market. And if the Las Vegas Raiders don’t wish to pay the price it would command to keep him, Pollard may be a nice use of resources at the position.

While the production level may be different, it may not be as severe enough to force the Raiders’ hand into spending the price for Jacobs if they decide they don’t want to.

Kellen Moore and Pollard Connection Can Set Up NFC East Change

Familiarity can go a long way when it comes to free agency pairings. With newly hired Kellen Moore calling the offense in Philadelphia, he may want to bring in Pollard to help with the offensive transition that he knows well from their time together in Dallas.

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Pollard isn’t as shifty as D’Andre Swift, but he can still provide juice that could help Jalen Hurts and the Eagles’ offense as they look to get back to where they were in 2022.

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