Fans of the Dallas Cowboys might need to get used to seeing a fresh face carrying the ball for the team in the near future.
That’s because the team’s leading rusher in 2022, Tony Pollard, could very well leave the team at the end of the season after failing to reach a long-term contract with the Cowboys before the start of training camp.
Pollard is under contract for the 2023 season, thanks to a one-time, $10.1 million franchise tag, but will be a free agent at the end of the season.
With no long-term extension for Tony Pollard, BetTexas.com compiled hypothetical odds on where he might play in 2024.
Unfortunately, Cowboys fans won’t be able to bet on their team — or any other — this season. There is no legal Texas sports betting, and the topic won’t come up again until 2025 in the state legislature.
Tony Pollard Next Team Hypothetical Odds
Despite Pollard’s contract status, national betting operators feel pretty good about Dallas. The Cowboys Super Bowl odds are +1600, tied with the New York Jets for sixth.
Return to Dallas Still Possible for Pollard
We still see Dallas as the most likely destination for Pollard’s services, given the team’s ties with the 26-year-old running back, but Pollard’s return to Dallas is far from certain.
That’s why BetTexas.com is giving the Cowboys -120 odds (or 54.5%) of landing Pollard long-term, while other NFL teams like the Dolphins (+350, or 22.2%), Jets and Bills (+400, or 20% apiece), and Bucs (+450, or 18.2%) are other possibilities for Pollard.
Fresh off his first 1,000-yard season with the Cowboys, Pollard’s market value is likely to be at its apex at the moment, even though running backs are seen more and more as an expendable commodity in today’s NFL.
There is no BetMGM Texas, but nationally the operator lists Pollard as +3000 to win NFL offensive player of the year honors.
One thing that seems certain is there will still be a line of teams interested in Pollard’s services whenever he hits the free agent market.