Trade deadline is today at 3 p.m.

October, 19, 2010
10/19/10
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If the Cowboys want to make a trade with anyone, it has to be done by 3 p.m. CT today.

The Cowboys have the highest payroll in the league, hold a 1-4 record and sit in last place in the NFC East. There are some marketable players for the Cowboys to trade or obtain, but in their situation it might not be worth it.

On Friday, Stephen Jones said he doubted if the team would trade anybody, but after the loss to the Vikings, things might change. A source on Tuesday morning said it's doubtful the Cowboys would make a move.

We look at three players the team might consider trading.

1. Marion Barber. He might not finish as the leading rusher on this team, but he's become a productive member on short yardage situations. He went five-for-five in third and short on Sunday vs. the Vikings. Coach Wade Phillips said Barber remains the starter. Why? Felix Jones is going to get the bulk of the carries and the team has a younger and fresher Tashard Choice who could make an impact on third-down. Barber's contract, owed $24 million next four seasons, makes it hard to deal him, but a team in need of running back help, could make a deal and then cut him after the season.

2. Tashard Choice. The third-year back hasn't carried the ball the last two games and has just eight on the season. Choice was the Razorback guy, but Dallas hasn't run it the last two games. When the Cowboys drafted Choice he was considered more of a complete back in comparision to Jones. Yet, this season the Cowboys are turning Jones into a starter and Choice a part-timer. Barber might not return next season and if that's the case, Choice moves up the depth chart. Choice is young, 25, with few carries, so that could attract teams to seek him out.

3. Marcus Spears. He's considered one of the leaders on this team, but the defensive end didn't get the financial commitment necessary from the Cowboys to have a future. Dallas elected to tender him instead of working out a long-term contract, which gave him less money than his backups. Spears has played well this season but he might be holding up the progress of Jason Hatcher on the base defense. Spears also has a future as a nose tackle which might give teams a second look at him.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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