3 Cowboys who will be playing for their future jobs in Week 18 and playoffs

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1. RB Tony Pollard

If we told you before the season that Tony Pollard will be "playing for his future job" in the Week 18 finale and beyond, you probably would've laughed in our face. Folks on social media are pushing the narrative that Pollard's been terrible. While that's not the case, there's no denying that Pollard has underwhelmed as RB1.

It's hard to say if the Cowboys want Pollard back in 2024. On one hand, his letdown season has definitely lowered his price tag. Playing on the $10.04 million franchise tag this year, Pollard could likely be had for $4-7 million over one year.

That would be a steal for a player of his quality. While Pollard's yards per carry is a travesty, he's actually been running well for the last month.

He forced a career-high seven missed tackles against the Lions and he's PFF's second-highest graded running back (88.4) since Week 10, which is a six-game sample size. He's also forced 33 missed tackles during that span, which is the second-most of any back.

The Cowboys are surely aware of these numbers. If Pollard continues to run hard despite poor offensive line play, he could convince Dallas to retain him on a one-year deal.

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