6 major takeaways from the Cowboys’ statement win over the Vikings
2. Tony Pollard is playing himself into a huge payday
This can be seen as both a huge positive and a huge negative, depending on who you are. For the Cowboys this season, this is a huge positive, as Tony Pollard’s play has greatly raised both the floor and ceiling of this offense.
For other teams who are one playmaker away from putting themselves into Super Bowl contention over the coming years, this is also a positive. This also comes to the Cowboys’ front office as a huge negative. Let me explain.
The Cowboys only have so much money, unless they want to use the cap in the way the New Orleans Saints have over the past several years. If they choose that route, they will end up in the situation the Saints are currently in, with no wiggle room and no draft capital. As they will most certainly not go that route, this means Pollard’s days with the team are likely numbered.
The front office is surely regretting giving Ezekiel Elliott his big payday, so it’s unlikely they will want to do the same for Pollard. Unless they can convince Pollard to take a hometown discount, or they decide to franchise tag him, Cowboys fans may want to enjoy his play here in Dallas just a little bit more as they could be ending as soon as this season.