Written by theMBIIIeffect
Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like my pen name is safe for at least one more year.
According to Jean-Jaques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys running back Marion Barber will likely play next season in Dallas.
“I think Barber will be back for another year,” Taylor said. “He’s been banged up each of the last two years, and the Cowboys probably aren’t ready to give up on him yet. Besides, he’s due $4 million whether he’s in Dallas or not. Jerry (Jones) hates paying people for nothing.”
While searching for a new name to write under would be irritating (any suggestions, anyone?), the Barbarian deserves at least one more season in Dallas. He had another injury-plagued season, carrying the ball 214 times for 932 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He also had 7 rushing touchdowns.
While his numbers look pretty good, Felix Jones (116 carries, 685 yards, 5.9 ypc) and Tashard Choice (64 carries, 349 yards, 5.5 ypc) have proven to be dangerous rushers and should be close in Barber’s rear-view mirror.
Taylor brings up a good point in saying that the Cowboys owe Barber $4 million, whether he’s in Dallas or not. But the question is whether or not Barber’s trade value will increase or decline after this next season.
Even though his numbers look decent, Barber had problems in short-yardage situations, especially in the red zone. If he continues to have these problems or gets hurt for the third straight season, other teams are unlikely to pony up much in terms of a trade.
The Cowboys really ought to look at trading Barber, but perhaps not for a draft pick like everyone is saying. A move for want-away receivers Anquan Boldin or *gulp* Brandon Marshall (and the corresponding release of Roy Williams) in this uncapped year might be a move that would make the Cowboys a much more dangerous team.
Jerry Jones could use another receiver and the draft isn’t the place to do that this year. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has projected our 27th overall pick in the first round as Maryland’s Bruce Campbell. That’s the smart move, with Flozell Adams starting to show his age. I could see the Cowboys taking a wide receiver/returner like Mardy Gilyard or Dexter McCluster in later rounds.
Trading Barber for a proven wide receiver would make the most sense to me in terms of production. While Boldin and especially Marshall could have a negative effect on team chemistry, having their production in our offense would be a welcome addition.
I’ll just have to let Jerry know that I wouldn’t mind finding a new name to write under.