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Cowboys say they haven't shopped Barber

The Cowboys would like you to know they haven’t shopped running back Marion Barber around the league. Just in case you were curious. They haven’t even discussed dealing him.

This news comes courtesy of Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas via team sources that undoubtedly would like to dampen speculation about the Pro Bowl running back.

This report, seemingly protesting too much, may have the opposite effect.

We watched Jason La Canfora of NFL Network’s report about Barber Monday. He was careful not to say the Cowboys were shopping Barber, just that executives around the league believe Barber could be available.

That’s hardly a stunner.  Barber is set to make $7.8 million in 2010 and has two cheap, excellent young teammates at running back.

With those circumstances, it would be surprising if Barber wasn’t available — whether the Cowboys have shopped him or not.

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28 Responses to “Cowboys say they haven't shopped Barber”
  1. rjgreen3 says: Mar 30, 2010 9:04 PM

    cowboys need all of their rb’s. all 3 have missed time from injuries each season.

  2. RUGGERLAD says: Mar 30, 2010 9:14 PM

    Barber to the Chargers for a 2nd rounder?? Then draft NT Terrance Cody in the first, FS Morgan Burnett and OT Charles Brown in the 2nd.

  3. packersfan4life says: Mar 30, 2010 9:17 PM

    Go cowboy’s

  4. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Mar 30, 2010 9:21 PM

    Oh-oh…Jerry’s lips are moving. Now I
    nervous! lol
    Cowboys are set decently at RB. Felix Jones, Marion Barber and Tashard Choice all bring something different to the table at the running position and when used correctly are a legitimate threat.
    Also doesn’t hurt to be rich in a position that can very easily have your player going down for the game or longer.

  5. prgsdw says: Mar 30, 2010 9:30 PM

    So in summary – there is no story here. However, we think there should be a story here, so we’ll run with it like it’s a story. Then a story may materialize.

  6. johnster says: Mar 30, 2010 9:31 PM

    leave it to Jerry to fuc% up a good thing with his meddling…I wish the Barbarian would run him and his plastic surgeon over.

  7. VoxVagina says: Mar 30, 2010 9:35 PM

    The “Barbarian’s” body can’t deal with the kind of punishment he takes. $7.8 mil for an injury prone RB is a huge waste. He’ll either have to restructure his contract or be cut unless Jerry Jones is happy with an overpaid backup. I’d use Choice and Jones as a 1-2 punch and get rid of Barber. They’ve already proven themselves to be more than capable replacements

  8. stevemcguigan says: Mar 30, 2010 9:36 PM

    I guess that means the Cowboys are happy with their one playoff victory in the last 15 years. Dallas fans, girds your atrophied loins for another year of mediocrity and failed expectations!

  9. stunzeed2 says: Mar 30, 2010 9:44 PM

    2 yards and a cloud of dust.
    The “closer”, what a joke.
    Dude is ripping off JJ.
    Pathetic; nobody would want him at that bloated, nasty, harbinger of a salary.

  10. boysroll says: Mar 30, 2010 9:44 PM

    stevemcguigan…you are jealous because you know we are primed for a SB run like the 90’s. I predict 3 SB”s this decade so dont forget my SN as I will be harassing you puck asses all decade long…
    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!JEALOUS PUNKS.

  11. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 30, 2010 9:48 PM

    “I guess that means the Cowboys are happy with their one playoff victory in the last 15 years. Dallas fans, girds your atrophied loins for another year of mediocrity and failed expectations!”
    Not quite ready to feel what an Eagle fan feels every year quite yet…

  12. ceetown22 says: Mar 30, 2010 10:04 PM

    barber is a scrub and always has been… their not going to trade him, the baby boys need all three of them and probably should draft another…
    HAIL SKINS!

  13. .Vox Veritas. says: Mar 30, 2010 10:16 PM

    “I guess that means the Cowboys are happy with their one playoff victory in the last 15 years. Dallas fans, girds your atrophied loins for another year of mediocrity and failed expectations!”
    Uhhhhhh….
    20-16
    24-0
    34-14
    And do not EVER forget that all your 0-3gles have EVER given you are failed expectations. Your entire life.

  14. LighTsouT says: Mar 30, 2010 10:46 PM

    # boysroll says: March 30, 2010 9:44 PM
    stevemcguigan…you are jealous because you know we are primed for a SB run like the 90’s. I predict 3 SB”s this decade so dont forget my SN as I will be harassing you puck asses all decade long…
    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!JEALOUS PUNKS.
    _____________________________
    How’s space? Because you’re just high as hell right now. Cowboys winning 3 SB’s in the next 10 years? I really did just chuckle.. Cowboys have an aging secondary (7+ years on 3 of their 4 starters including next season), aging QB (29, however, a seemingly young 29 considering he was a back up for so long) , aging O-Line (10+ years including next season). Lets see how long Romo stays a ‘young 29′ with an even older, even slower O-Line.

  15. MagicMan407 says: Mar 30, 2010 11:53 PM

    What would they even get for Barber? He hasn’t done anything great at all.. The boys will be sad come superbowl for screwing up again!

  16. stevemcguigan says: Mar 31, 2010 12:01 AM

    On the bright side, this is a great opportunity for Dallas to upgrade at that position. Justin Fargas is still available.

  17. jamesowen237 says: Mar 31, 2010 12:42 AM

    I’d love having him back in Minnesota!

  18. BwB says: Mar 31, 2010 1:24 AM

    @boysroll
    cowboys play in the hardest division in football. they would be lucky to make it to the superbowl once in the next 10 years.. forget 3 rings lil guy.

  19. TryTheVeal says: Mar 31, 2010 6:34 AM

    First….let me say, i admire Barber’s bust his ass on every play personality, albeit it’s a little over dramatized by TV people…. But…Damn…..7.8 million? But then again, Dallas fans on here don’t give a rats ass how much the Skelator overpays his minions, not like any of em here live in Dallas, much less worry about having to pay outrageous ticket prices or paying a PSL interest rate etc., because of ridiculous salaries being paid to Barber, Williams etc. And before you give me the 29 dollar pary pass line, where you can watch a game on a TV from half a mile away,and have to be as tall as Shaq to actually see the TV, do the math….They would have to sell 33,620 party passes per game for 8 home games just to pay Barbers salary…..

  20. smithopher says: Mar 31, 2010 7:50 AM

    For a running back earning 7.8 million to be on the roster, he needs to be the center piece of the running game. If he isn’t the reason you win games by rushing 100 yards every game and getting a td every game or two then he isn’t worth that salary. You have guys like Thomas Jones who’s on the downside of his career but produced a 1,400 yard season last year and is only making 5 mil over the next 2 years. Barber may be tough to trade with that contract though, teams might not take him if he isn’t willing to renegotiate his contract. I think the Cowboys are going to have to keep him around for another year.

  21. Duck Fallas says: Mar 31, 2010 7:55 AM

    $7.8M for less than 800 yards rushing and sub 4 yards per carry this year.

  22. Big Tex says: Mar 31, 2010 8:32 AM

    Barber has averaged about 800 yards a season and 8 TDs a season at over 4 yards a carry. Even last year when he was battling through a thigh injury and clearly not as explosive as in years past, he was right around his averages. Additionally, he’s a solid receover around very good at blitz pick up. While his pay might be out of whack with his production, his intial compensation level as a 4th round pick made him a bargain for his first few years. His running style will most likely limit his longevity, but the guy is a warrior.

  23. Sneki says: Mar 31, 2010 9:25 AM

    Maybe my Lions can fleece Jerry in another trade (see Roy Williams) and help fix their backfield.

  24. Filbertkiwi71 says: Mar 31, 2010 9:32 AM

    # RUGGERLAD says: March 30, 2010 9:14 PM
    Barber to the Chargers for a 2nd rounder?? Then draft NT Terrance Cody in the first, FS Morgan Burnett and OT Charles Brown in the 2nd.
    =================
    That makes absolutely no sense. According to the above article, Barber is set to make 7.8 million this upcoming season, how the heck are the Chargers going to be able to afford that?
    The Chargers already have Sproles tagged at 7.3 million. They need to find a way to have a sign and trade with Sproles to another team. The Chargers were unable to sign him to a long term deal last year, so I don’t think the Sproles situation is going to work out for the Chargers at all. No one is going to trade for him without a long term deal set, and if he signs his tender to stay with the Chargers for another year, then it makes it that much harder to re-sign Malcom Floyd, Vincent Jackson , Shawne Merriman, Marcus Mcneill, and Antonio Gates etc. etc. over the next couple of years. The Chargers need to re-sign a couple of guys this year if they have any hopes of bring the majority of those guys back over the long term.
    Next year the Chargers will have no choice but to cut Sproles loose. That means that the Chargers would have Sproles for a one year rental at the expense of possibly re-signing at least two of the other guys mentioned above to a long term deal.
    The Chargers have a bunch of guys tagged with a 1st and a 3rd. That is a lot of money that is going to have to be paid out if/when they sign their tenders.
    Just because there isn’t a salary cap, that does not mean teams don’t have budgets, and no one knows what the next labor deal is going to look like.

  25. Philly Cheese says: Mar 31, 2010 10:07 AM

    Ever notice how every year Jerry Jones looks a little more like Al Davis?

  26. Jackson says: Mar 31, 2010 11:18 AM

    Trade him for a draft pick and pick up Fargas Jerry!!!! do it……….dooooo it.
    do it now!!!!

  27. Duck Fallas says: Mar 31, 2010 11:53 AM

    Philly Cheese says:
    March 31, 2010 10:07 AM
    Ever notice how every year Jerry Jones looks a little more like Al Davis?
    =====================================================
    The sad thing is he pays for plastic surgery to look like that. Davis looks that bad for free.

  28. dacolan says: Mar 31, 2010 12:47 PM

    According to the above article, Barber is set to make 7.8 million this upcoming season, how the heck are the Chargers going to be able to afford that?
    Dallas will be responsible for eating his signing bonus, so any team acquiring Barber will only be on the hook for his base salary moving forward; 2010: $3.86 million, 2011: $4.25 million, 2012: $5.75 million, 2013: $6.25 million, 2014: $7 million.
    For a 27-year-old Pro Bowl RB that is considered a complete back (running/receiving/blocking), his contract doesn’t become prohibitive until 2012 or 2013.

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