The Landry Hat first reported this scenario and it’s fueled debates all over message boards and blogs. Today, I saw one message that the Dallas Cowboys were discussing sending over both first round picks, a fourth round and Marion Barber to the Dolphins for their top pick. Linebacker Bobby Carpenter’s name is popping up to. He’s one of Bill Parcell’s drafted babies. He’s also underperformed for the Cowboys.
Some Cowboys fans are saying that this trade makes no sense. I can’t say I want it to happen because I don’t. And if you think about it too much it really doesn’t make sense. But if you think about it even more, then it starts to make sense again.
Look back at all of the running backs Bill Parcells has loved. Marion Barber fits that mold. Marion Barber is a restricted free agent, which means that the Cowboys have seven days to match any offers for him at the end of the season, UNLESS THEY TRADE HIM. Any team that would take Barber outside a trade would also have to give up 1st and 3rd round draft picks, a more unlikely scenario. A Bobby Carpenter to Miami trade as part of the deal also makes sense because it appears Zach Thomas is leaving Miami. Plus, the Cowboys are loaded with good linebackers, which is one reason Carpenter has seen little playing time.
Why would Dallas get rid of Marion Barber? Well, first, he is worth more in a trade than unrestricted free agent Julius Jones. The Cowboys would keep Julius Jones and draft Jerry Jones‘ baby Darren McFadden with that top pick. Jones and McFadden would become the new two-back system for the Cowboys. Sound good?
There are some problems with that besides the fact it would irk a horde of Cowboys fans. The backfield is not the top priority for the Cowboys unless Jerry Jones makes it that way. Dallas still needs a wide receiver or two, a cornerback and an offensive lineman if unrestricted free agent Flozell Adams leaves. If Dallas gets rid of its two first round picks, there is no chance to get LSU wide receiver Early Doucet or a cornerback, which mock drafts show will be the first two positions the Cowboys take. Keep in mind that if the Cowboys really want a running back, Felix Jones might be available along with at least three other strong runners who may outperform McFadden. Again, will Jerry Jones let that happen?
The scenario is completely mind boggling but it is sparked by the fact the Cowboys have signed Tony Romo, Patrick Crayton and Jay Ratliff, but not Barber (again, he is restricted so it is not paramount to sign him immediately, but a newspaper did report a deal was ready). Why wait?
Wouldn’t you want to pump the team up with the announcement of signing Barber longterm? Something just doesn’t make sense. Parcells is gorging himself over the coaches and talent scouts from the Cowboys. You think he’s going to leave alone the players he loves and drafted? That’s not how Parcells operates. When he left the Patriots for the Jets, he brought Curtis Martin. When he went to the Cowboys, he brought over Drew Bledsoe. He has made coaches out of former players, too.
Parcells is worrying me and I want to know what the hell is going on?!!!!!
Tags: Bill Parcells Bobby Carpenter Curtis Martin Dallas Cowboys Darren McFadden Drew Bledsoe Early Doucet Flozell Adams Jay Ratliff Jerry Jones Marion Barber Miami Dolphins Patrick Crayton Tony Romo Zach Thomas