If the Dallas Cowboys three years ago said they were going to trade Marion Barber, I think it would be reasonable to say 97 percent of Dallas Cowboys fans would hunt down Jerry Jones and do uncomfortable things to him.
There just wasn’t a very good reason to make a trade like that.
Enter Felix Jones and Tashard Choice and suddenly the Cowboys backfield turned into one of the biggest threats in the NFL because there were three running with play-making talent.
Since then, the value of the two young guys grows while the value of Barber plummets.
But I never would have thought his value would be THIS bad.
Rick Gosselin: Barber has never been a 1,000-yard back and it appears his physical running style has left him pretty battered. I’d be surprised if he commands more than a mid-round pick at best, a fourth or fifth. The Cowboys drafted him in the fourth round and have put a lot of miles on him over the last five years. Ideally, at this stage of his career, you’d like to get a fourth back for him.
Barber is worth only a 4th or 5th round pick? Just because he has never rushed for more than 1,000 yards?
The top rushers in the NFL usually carry the ball more than 23 times, and some as much as 40 carries per game. Marion Barber usually gets about 20 carries and sometimes it might just be 10. That’s how it’s been since he started his career, from when he shared the field with Julius Jones to his current situation that takes away even more run attempts.
I never really expected Barber to run for 1,000 yards; not when Felix gets 650 yards and Choice gets 350 yards. When you add all of their rushing, it is about 2,000 yards.
Barber has never been a true featured back in any offense. If he were given that opportunity, maybe he would fail and get injured to often because of his running style or maybe he would rush for more than 1,000 yards.
But to lower his value to a mid-level pick in this draft just because he has never rushed for more than 1,000 yards is a bit of juvenile thinking.
If Donovan McNabb gets a 2nd round pick and a fourth round pick, Barber is certainly worth as much, if not more.
What’s McNabb done?