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Cowboys could end up releasing Barber, Williams

Posted on: July 5, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 3:00 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last season, Marion Barber had 113 carries, the fewest of his six-year NFL career. His 374 rushing yards, 3.3 yards-per-carry average, 11 receptions, and four touchdowns were also career lows. Those numbers coupled with Barber's contract could mean that the Cowboys will release him once there's a new collective bargaining agreement.

In fact, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Barber is the Cowboys player most hurt by the lockout.

"It might seem strange to see Barber's name as the player hurt most by the lockout, but here's why: The Cowboys are expected to release Barber because they don't want to pay him a $500,000 roster bonus in addition to a $4.5 million base salary," Walker writes. "He's underachieved since becoming the full-time starter in 2008. As long as the lockout lasts, Barber is in limbo. He can't talk to other teams about his services and if the Cowboys decide to keep him, which seems doubtful, he most likely will compete with [Felix] Jones for the starting job."

Two weeks ago, one of Barber's teammates, Roy Williams, said there were benefits to the lockout. “I talked to a player who was contemplating retirement, but the lockout has gotten his body back to where it needs to be,” Williams told the Odessa American at the time. “For us older players, it’s good.” ESPN's Tim MacMahon added that Williams might have job security because cutting him would force the Cowboys to take a huge salary cap hit.

However, the National Football Post's Dan Pompei wrote over the holiday weekend that Williams could be among the veteran free-agent wide receivers looking for work once the lockout ends.

"There are two reasons why Williams is likely going to be a former Cowboy in the near future," Pompei wrote. "The first is he’s making more money than he’s worth. The second is the team wants to clear the way for Dez Bryant to play more. There will be a healthy market for Williams though. His effort and attitude has remained good in Dallas despite the fact that he hasn’t found his niche in the offense, and that will help him find future employment."

This sounds a lot like the reasons Watkins cited above for why Barber might struggle to find a new team. That said, you'd have to think that Williams, who is just 29, would be a much more attractive option than 37-year-old Terrell Owens. Not only because he's younger and healthier but, as Pompei points out, he puts forth the effort and has the attitude teams appreciate. (We'll also assume Williams doesn't struggle to learn the playbook.)

Whoever's on the roster, the Cowboys are set to start training camp on July 29.

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Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2011 8:44 am

Cowboys could end up releasing Barber, Williams

    Street Hustler did you say Barber would be a good fit while blocking for Ronnie Brown? not to likely. Barber is a good pass blocker but  he is not a fullback and I am sure would resist any attemps to make him a lead blocker of sorts like a ful back. Don't know where you got that idea from. Not to mention he is going to want a situation where he can take mmore of the load. Cutting 150 carries to 75 carries. He isn't going to sign up for that. I think he is more likely to sign with say Tampa or the Broncos maybe. But not the Dollphins. 

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 7:56 pm

Cowboys could end up releasing Barber, Williams

good riddence to both!
Marion is the anti jason garrett ,he impliments a dress code and barber , who is a captian , does'nt listen,,, showing up the coach , that was wades problem , he let the inmates run the asylum!
as far as roy willams , he was the worst trade almost ever in this history of this great franchise,,,then jerra signing him ,,, WTF?,,, get him on the same bus as barber , get rid of both. one guy a bad locker room/chemistry guy and another guy the most underacheiving player in the teams history
Jason garrett will make sure this team does the fundimentals proper and do it well
under wade they didnt pratice hard, very undiscplined, cant tackle, and total lack of commitment to the star on the helmet,,,, this will be a no nonsense regime,,, if u dont like it ure out! barber is a big representation of this , plus he is washed up , go give TO a call and u 2 can ruin another teams chemistry.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 7:18 pm

America's Busts

more busts for the great talent evaluator---jerry jones and his son!!!

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 7:14 pm

Cowboys could end up releasing Barber, Williams

Ok, so the Cowboys release Barber & Williams. Honestly, no hurt in either position. Maybe blocking from Barber but that's about it. I do think they will get picked pretty quickly if this happens. I think the best fit for players & a team would be the Dolphins. The Dolphins need a receiver that can help bring along the younger guys (Devone Bess). Williams can do that in a positive way. Barber would also be a good fit while blocking for Ronnie Brown. Crowded back field though & his carries would be cut by 50%+ from what he did in 2010. Ahh well, just thought.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 6:34 pm

Cowboys could end up releasing Barber, Williams

Out of the two players mentioned above, Barber would and will be released before "The Legend" because the Cowboys gave up a lot to obtain Roy from the Lions and they have a slight logjam at the RB position. For Roy's sake,he better produce from here on out or he will be released too,but if they're both released I can see someone picking them both up without any hesitation! I hope that the Cowboys know what they're doing.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 3:44 pm

Cowboys could end up releasing Barber, Williams

Certainly not anything new here, especially when the Cowboys drafted a running back, you knew Marion Barber's days were numbered. I can't imagine them keeping Roy E, Williams, whos stats are outrageous for how much he's being paid. Barber is a great leader, but with Tashard Choice and Felix Jones already in the mix, there isn't a place for him.

Basically, Jerry made two mistakes...the first was giving up draft picks to get Williams and then signing him to an extension. Once Barber got his money, he has actually been worse, but he plays hard and can block. Williams cost the Cowboys two games last year, and who knows if it may have been more.

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