Ever since the Dallas Cowboys placed Marion Barber on a 1st and 3rd round tender offer, there have been rumors that the long-term deal talks never stopped. Barber’s agent, the ubiquitous Drew Rosenhaus, reportedly is seeking a deal in the $40-to-$60 million range.
If that is the case, Barber would be among the highest-paid running backs in the game, such as San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson and his six-year $60 million deal. The Redskins signed Clinton Portis to an eight-year $50.5 million deal.
But the Cowboys, according to these sources, are picturing a deal more in the ballpark of what Michael Turner got in Atlanta, for six years and $34.5 million with $15 million in guaranteed cash. That sounds about right.
Dallas is also willing to give Barber a contract close to what Baltimore gave Willis McGahee last year, a seven-year deal worth as much as $40.12 million, if the last two years of it are picked up.
I know Rosenhaus has a good rapport with the Cowboys brass, but he needs to step back a bit on this one. Barber hasn’t even rushed for over 1,000 yards, a hallmark any decent running back attains. Now, I realize he has split the carries his entire career, and never was the predominant back, but can’t we see him at least attain a certain level of play before he gets elite money
Listen, I love the Barbarian. He was one of the best motivators during the season. He also knows how to score touchdowns. I won’t knock he is valuable.
I’m just not sure he is worth what Tomlinson gets. You can read a summary here.