5 Cowboys who could be entering their final season with the franchise in 2023

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1. Cowboys RB Tony Pollard

For years, Dallas fans were screaming for Tony Pollard to get more involved in the game. And for years, they would use him in spurts while featuring Ezekiel Elliott.

They would then feed us this line that Elliott is the workhorse that breaks tackles while Pollard is the boom-or-bust prospect. But the truth is, Elliott made the money so they played him, and the proof of that can be seen in the fact that Pollard averaged more yards after contact per rush in each of the past three seasons than Elliott ever did in his career.

So naturally, Dallas underutilized him until 2022 which coincided with the end of his contract. Now coming off a high ankle sprain and a broken leg, Pollard will play on the franchise tag and chances are, if he's healthy, he could price himself out of Dallas.

Pollard broke the 1,000-yard mark last year with 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 371 yards on 39 receptions with three more touchdowns.

This year, Pollard is poised to be the lead back with Deuce Vaughn and Malik Davis fighting for the No. 2 spot. Even if Davis earns that position, Vaughn should see the field a lot and this running attack could be much better than anything we've seen recently due to the added explosion.

Unfortunately, the front office kept forcing the coaches hands and that means we weren't able to see Pollard truly take off until now and it could be hard to keep him around if he has another huge season.

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