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03/23/2012

Why no one should give running backs big money: Marion Barber retires

Marion-BarberFrom 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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Comments

merritt

This just adds more proff that Jaharry is the biggest D/A, IDIOT of a GM in any team sports. The cows will NEVER win anything as long as he is calling the shots for the cows.

Tecmo Bowl

true that. true that. true that. loved him when he played but he took on a whole mess of hits when he ran. running backs have the life span of a stick of gum. NEXT!

Tecmo Bowl

true that. true that. true that. loved him when he played but he took on a whole mess of hits when he ran. running backs have the life span of a stick of gum. NEXT!

Craigs List

I hope he unretires. He is an exciting young player. Love to see him get back in The League.

Bob In Arlington

The root cause is most likely all those shots to his head when he was an under-sized offensive lineman for Arkansas in the early 60's.

So, the claims of dementia is probably the problem of his awful draft day picks for the last 16 years.

Maybe the tough acting commissioner can jolt him to his senses and relinquich his bent to remain the Cowboy GM and draft guru?

Kendal

I agree with your article. It is sad though. The NFL used to have teams that were great at the ground game. It's a passer's league now. A quality running back used to mean something. Now running backs are just battering rams that get discarded after a few seasons. If you wanna make it in the NFL today, become a center or qb, or tackle. And I too hope Barber plays again. He was exciting and played hard with lots of emotion.

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