Peter King, a Sports Illustrated writer, chimed in on the Marion Barber contract discussion with a short piece today that fell inches short of calling our prized running back insane.
First off, is it safe to say we doubt that Barber is the one who is demanding that the Dallas Cowboys pay him $6 million to $8 million a year? Let’s not forget his agent is Drew Rosenhaus, who rips off every damn sports team. Just for background, the number that is out there is a 5-year, $30 million contract.
However, I did think of this possibility today: What if Barber does think he deserves that kind of money? What if Barber isn’t agreeable to working in a two-back system? What if he had a change of heart and really wants to be the sole back for a good team? I mean, this is all possible. Remember the interview last year when Barber was asked about sharing the carries with Julius Jones? He said he didn’t care as long as the Cowboys win. Has that changed?
It is also fine and dandy for him to want to be the sole runner for the Cowboys. But, he hasn’t been the sole back on any team yet. He hasn’t taken most of the carries in the backfield. He has always shared the load. The one time this past season Barber did run the full load was the final game of the season, where he tanked it in the second half. Yeah, there is debate that the offensive line was at fault, but Barber certainly appeared to me to be a different back in the second half of that game.
If Barber ended up running, say 20 carries a game this season, and he ran for over 1200 yards and 14 touchdowns, then maybe he is worth big-time money. Maybe many of us would argue that he is.
But until he does that, Rosenhaus ought to drop the green Kool-Aid and try some of that sugar-free crap.