Fourth-round draft pick Tony Pollard formally signed his rookie contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday.
Pollard was the first 2019 draftee to put pen to paper for the Cowboys.
The details of his contract are largely laid out by the collective bargaining agreement. The 128th overall selection carried a total value of almost $3.2 million over four years, including a $670,332 signing bonus, per Over the Cap.
Pollard ran for 941 yards and nine touchdowns while catching 104 passes for 1,292 yards and nine scores in three years at Memphis. He was Darrell Henderson's backup in his sophomore and junior seasons, which prevented him from showing what he could do on the ground with a high number of carries.
While Pollard will obviously be the secondary option behind Ezekiel Elliott, his role in Dallas may be larger than some expect.
"I know people think he's going to be this gadget guy," Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown said, per USA Today's Jori Epstein. "He's more than that. He's bigger than what you think he is and he runs powerful for a guy you think is a gadget guy. I think he can do all our runs and more."
Elliott was an All-Pro and led the league in rushing yards per game (95.6) for the third straight season in 2018. He remains one of the NFL's best running backs, and there's little reason to expect any decline in 2019.
In order to help Elliott's longevity, though, the Cowboys will need to lean a little less heavily on the 2016 first-round pick. Pollard's arrival should help the team achieve that goal, especially in terms of easing some of pressure off Elliott in the passing game.