Running back has become a bit of an afterthought in modern NFL free agency. Teams are more apprehensive than ever to pay free agent tailbacks, many of which are seeking their second contract.
But the 2023 free agent running back class might be the exception. Sure, these players could hit free agency with plenty of tread on their tires. But five of the top 12 running backs in fantasy football this season could hit the open market. This is a deep and diverse class. Here’s an overview of the biggest names at running back to hit free agency in 2023. And here’s a closer look at Tony Pollard.
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2023 NFL Free Agency Outlook: Tony Pollard (Fantasy Football)
Tony Pollard (DAL) | RB7 in 2022
The Tony Pollard situation might be one of the most fascinating free-agency situations in the league. Pollard began the season as Ezekiel Elliott’s understudy, but he has emerged as the leading man this season. The fourth-year pro has just 620 career touches and will turn 26 in April. For comparison’s sake, Jacobs has nearly twice as many touches in as many seasons.
At just 6 feet tall, there are questions about whether Pollard can handle a true bell cow workload. But his talent is evident. The question will be whether Dallas is willing to part with Elliott to keep him there. If he hits the open market, he should find a suitor immediately. He could garner more interest than even Jacobs, given the difference in the tire tread.
If Pollard joins a new team, expect him to be drafted as a second-round pick in 2023.
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