OK, folks, this makes no sense. The Dallas Cowboys will give Marion Barber a first-round tender for $2.017 million. This means if Barber gets an offer the Cowboys cannot match, the Cowboys gets a 1st round draft pick.
But for only $500,000 more, the Cowboys could have gotten a 1st and 3rd round pick for Barber if he left for a large offer.
What does this mean? Well, it could mean several things, but none of them is good. I think there are plenty of teams willing to give up a 1st round pick for Barber. Any team in my mock draft looking to draft a running back would take him because he’s proven himself to be a great back with incredible power.
This is my take on this: I firmly believe this means Jerry Jones does plan to trade up for Darren McFadden and he is hoping someone bites on Barber so the Cowboys can get another first-round pick. That would allow the Cowboys to trade their two first-round picks to Miami or Atlanta, and still have a pick, probably middle round, to snag a cornerback or wide receiver.
There is absolutely no reason why the Cowboys wouldn’t give Barber the additional $500,000 that would have ensured he remains in Dallas. Is there? Someone please try and persuade me I am wrong.
For those asking, here is the LINK to the Barber tender story.
Contrary to earlier reports, the Cowboys will give Barber a first-round tender at $2.017 million, which would net them a first-round pick if he goes to another team, rather than the high tender of $2.56 million, which would have returned a first- and third-round pick.
Listen, the Star Telegram nor the Dallas Morning News are real sources for breaking Cowboys news, but that statement sounded definitive to me. Even so, why the official Cowboys site has nothing about it is beyond me. This whole Barber ordeal is very stressing!