The news out of Dallas is that defensive end Marcus Spears, who has underperformed since he was drafted in the first round three years ago, is not going to be traded. This is very interesting news because trade rumor mongers have invoked his name as much as any Cowboys player. He’s big. And he was expected to be a powerful force on the line. But quite honestly he has been a big disappointment. Thankfully, DeMarcus Ware has not been a disappointment.
Linebacker Bobby Carpenter is another player who has been discussed in trade rumors. He’s another underachiever. Coming from Ohio State’s championship team and championship defense, I think a lot of us expected him to be a great addition. He hasn’t really done squat. He may be traded to Miami so Bill Parcells can massage his skills. But what is he worth to them?
Which brings me to the most talked about player this offseason: Marion Barber. Still, the Cowboys have not signed him to a long-term contract. Still, the Cowboys have signed other restricted free agents while Barber waits. Still rumors are abound that Jerry Jones is going to trade up to draft Darren McFadden. What is going on? I keep asking this question because it’s a bit mindboggling that Barber is not secured on the Cowboys roster. There is less risk because of his restricted tag, but wouldn’t signing Barber to a 3 or 4 year deal excite the fans and players? He’s a motivating force on this team.
I fear this offseason and this upcoming draft. I firmly believe the Cowboys should keep those two first round picks and draft a cornerback and a wide receiver. With the second round pick, grab a running back. The rest of the picks should be split with offensive lineman and another wide receiver. This draft is packed with great running backs. Mike Hart, Ray Rice, Felix Jones, Steve Slaton all could be stars in the NFL. Moving up for Darren McFadden is an unnecessary move.