Early in his career, Marion Barber was considered one of the most dangerous running backs in the NFL as a member of the Dallas Cowboys–mainly because his size and speed gave him an advantage compared to other running backs in the NFL. After spending the 2011 season with the Chicago Bears, it appears the former University of Minnesota standout is ready to call it a career after seven seasons.
According to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, Barber announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday at the age of 28. The details as to why Barber has decided to retire on such short notice is still unknown, but many believe the decision may have something to do with the recent signing of former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush to play alongside Matt Forte in the backfield.
Either way, this really doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering Barber is far from the dominant running back he was a few years ago. After rushing for 3,446 yards and 38 touchdowns with the Cowboys from 2006-09, the team parted ways with the running back after a disappointing 2010 season (he rushed for just 374 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games).
Unfortunately, his only season with the Bears was nothing to brag about either. Not only did he battle injuries for most of the 2011 season, but Barber only rushed for 422 yards and six touchdowns while making an appearance in 11 games.
In other words–Barber’s retirement most likely won’t have as much of an impact considering he seemed to be past his prime.
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