I don’t have a link, but this has been confirmed that Tennessee Titans Head Coach Jeff Fischer told a news station that if the Dallas Cowboys don’t sign Marion Barber and give him the restricted free agent tender, he would give up a 1st and 3rd round picks for the Barbarian running back.
Here is the story from a Titans forum:
During an interview with a local TV station Coach Fisher spoke on many topics one being the running back. He spoke about possible backs they would draft but went on to say that if he had a chance to sign Marion Barber of the Dallas Cowboys he would. He said that Marion is a restricted free agent this year and since Dallas has yet to come to an agreement with him yet he believes that Dallas will put a 1st and 3rd round tender on him. Jeff went on to say that in his eyes it would be well worth the 1st and 3rd round picks. He says when drafting you have a fifty fifty shot your player will make the team and the odds that player will make a pro bowl team is even more unlikely, So if you have a chance to pick up a pro bowl back for a first and third then you take it. “I hope they do give him the tender. If they do the good news is they will have two more picks this year,” Coach Fisher said as he laughed.
So, the question is still out there: Why haven’t the Dallas Cowboys signed Marion Barber to a long-term deal? WHY!? Is it because Jerry Jones wants Darren McFadden so bad that he is willing to screw the entire draft up and lose Barber to get the unproven running back? The Dallas Cowboys most-pressing need is not in the backfield. It’s in the secondary.
If the Cowboys don’t sign a top-tier free agent corner or use one of those first-round picks for a freshsman corner, I am going to go berserk. I will physically throw things.