I had a feeling this might happen, and I just hope I am reading too much into this one, but Marion Barber is not working out at any Dallas Cowboys facilities for the offseason programs. Barber, instead, is working out in Miami.
The two sides have made no progress in a longterm contract, and he has not yet signed his tender for $2.56 million. Is there reason to be concerned? Not if Barber thinks clearly and ignores his agent a little bit.
Drafting two running backs in the first four rounds is not foreshadowing to a Barber-less Cowboys future. We lost Julius Jones and Tyson Thompson to free agency. The Cowboys had to draft running backs. We may have just gotten lucky with whom they selected. Certainly, the position is upgraded. Wasn’t that one of the goals?
But what is Barber thinking about all of this? Does he feel slighted because he’s not the lone back in Big D? Does he feel slighted that the Cowboys are not offering him the same money that LT gets? Is his agent serious? Can any NFL team defeat the antics of Drew Rosenhaus?
Barber needs to show up on time once the real camp begins. He needs to show up, in shape, and ready to play. He’ll get his longterm deal.