Once again, Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard is shaping up to be one of the top free agents in the 2024 offseason. Pollard was, of course, franchise-tagged by the Cowboys in 2023 at a price of $10.091 million, an annual value that is simply not the "going rate" for running backs these days. But some of the top backs in the league are making upwards of $14-15 million per season, and a player with Pollard's history and skill set could command top dollar.
Spotrac currently projects Pollard's per-season value at around $6.6 million, and at that price, I think he would have teams lining up to sign him.
Although the Cowboys have bigger fish to fry before getting to the offseason, let's put one eye on the future and try to predict where Pollard could land if he and the Cowboys can't reach an agreement before 2024 NFL free agency.
1. Los Angeles Chargers
Here's an idea that could make a lot of sense, at least for the time being. With the team's decision to fire head coach Brandon Staley, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore's future undoubtedly hangs in the balance. Moore is the former offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys and his history and familiarity with Tony Pollard could potentially come into play.
Under Moore, Pollard ascended into a 1,000-yard runner and Pro Bowl running back, with his best season obviously coming in 2022 when he had 1,378 all-purpose yards and 12 total touchdowns.
Again, perhaps this is a "TBD" team instead of specifically the Los Angeles Chargers. If Kellen Moore sticks around LA, it makes a lot of sense, especially because the Chargers seem prepared to move on from Austin Ekeler at the next opportunity they get. And they certainly have a need at the running back position.
Maybe even if Moore isn't there, the Chargers make a lot of sense.