From the files of: We all saw this one coming: Chicago Bears running back and former Dallas Cowboy Marion Barber has retired. The Bears already have Matt Forte and just signed Michael Bush.
Never in my life have I met a man more averse to a microphone, or just possibly more shy, than MBIII. He was not a big fan of the media. I'll give 2-to-1 odds Predator un-retires before the start of training camp and gives it another shot. He's only 28.
He is the poster-child for why kids should play any other position than running back. They are becoming like diapers. And MBIII made it worse; he treated opposing defenders like something on a video game that the more he touched the more points it was worth.
He could, however, be a lot of fun to watch, even if his style was a quick ticket to the IR, or retirment, or both.
A fourth-round pick out of Minnesota by Bill Parcells in 2005, MBIII had a few very productive seasons with the Cowboys before Jerry did what Jerry do and over-paid a guy whose shelf life was just about done. After two very productive seasons in '06 and '07, Barber signed a seven-year, $45 million contract with the Cowboys.
This violated the sacred rule of never pay running backs. Barber's effectiveness/numbers decreased over the next three years, and he was released.
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