Jason Garrett said the retirement announcement of Marion Barber surprised him and said the former Cowboys running back was a pleasure to coach.
“Talk about the right kind of guy,” Garrett said. “He was physical, he was tough, he was passionate, he loved to play football, and we loved having him on our football team. Fourth-round pick. Did a lot of good things for us.”
Barber played for the Chicago Bears last season after the Cowboys released him before training camp.
“He was someone I really enjoyed being around as a person and as a player,” Garrett said.
Barber ran for 4,358 yards and 47 touchdowns in six seasons with the Cowboys. After he scored 24 touchdowns in two seasons despite not being a starter, the Cowboys signed him to a seven-year contract worth $45 million, with $16 million guaranteed.
He had 885 and 932 yards in his next two years, but only 374 in 2010 and was released in 2011 before training camp.
He had 422 yards and six touchdowns with the Bears last year.
-- Carlos Mendez