5 teams Tony Pollard could leave the Cowboys for in free agency

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4. Las Vegas Raiders

When Josh McDaniels took over the Las Vegas Raiders, he and general manager Dave Ziegler decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on Josh Jacobs’ contract. Jacobs responded with his best campaign ever as he went for a league-leading 1,653 yards on the ground with another 400 through the air. He also tied his personal high with 12 touchdowns.

After the season, Jacobs said he would like to return to the Raiders but added that it needed to “make sense” for him — and he didn’t sound like someone who was ready to commit just yet. As for Vegas, they’re heading for some major changes with Derek Carr on the way out.

Perhaps they wind up with a rookie quarterback, and if so, they could use a veteran running back to help alleviate some of the pressure. Should they be unable to keep Jacobs — or unwilling to meet his contract demands — Pollard would be an intriguing backup plan.

Not only does Pollard have fewer carries to wear him down than Jacobs, who had 340 this season alone, but he’s also more dangerous in the passing game. Jacobs is no slouch in this department with 160 career receptions but he has yet to score a touchdown as a receiver. On top of that, Pollard is dynamic in this area and still hasn’t been utilized to his full potential as a pass-catcher.