A few years ago, Marion Barber was considered one of the toughest running backs to contain and gave the Dallas Cowboys a huge advantage in the ground game. Unfortunately, Barber was far from that effective running back in 2010 and now–all signs point to his time with the Cowboys coming to an end.
Bob Sturn of DallasNews.com took the time on Thursday to answer questions from fans about the Cowboys–with Barber being one of the hot topics. Here’s what Sturn had to say about Barber’s status and whether or not the team could rely on Felix Jones and Tashard Choice:
“I don’t see any way Barber is back. I just can’t see any upside. He has no special teams possibilities. He is slowing down. There is no point carrying on any longer. Choice and Jones? Like many spots on this field, it is not perfect or ideal, but perhaps it is good enough to get by.”
While this may just seem like one writer’s opinion, it should also be noted that Nick Eatman discussed on the team site back in the middle of March how he believes Barber will be released once free agency begins–so this move seems more likely to happen. Considering his lack of production in 2010 (374 rushing yards with four touchdowns in 13 games) along with a hefty base salary ($4.25 million) for next season–it’s no wonder the Cowboys are expected to part ways with Barber.