Marion Barber's future could be in Dallas
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones disputed that somewhat on his radio show on Tuesday.
"I know certainly he’s got critics but I wouldn’t go that far in any way to say his time is done with the Cowboys," Jones said.
Barber hasn't rushed for 1,000 yards since becoming the full-time starter in 2008. After he reached the Pro Bowl, as a backup in 2007, Barber inked a seven-year, $45 million contract.
It appears Barber hasn't lived up to the deal. This season, while still the starter, Barber is not the leading rusher; that's Felix Jones.
Jerry Jones likes Felix Jones' explosiveness and his ability to make people miss in space. Barber remains the short-yardage back, he's one of the league leaders in first downs gained in this area, but he doesn't break as many tackles as in years past.
The Cowboys owe Barber $14 million through the 2014 season and it seems doubtful he'll earn all that money. However, maybe the Cowboys want to keep Barber because they're not sure about No. 3 back Tashard Choice.
Jerry Jones said Choice needs to play better on special teams in order to get more time on offense. Choice, who hasn't requested a trade has but heard rumors he might be dealt, wants to play more.
He might get his chance when the Cowboys visit the Colts on Sunday. Barber is nursing a calf strain and the team isn't sure he'll play.
"Felix gives us an explosive opportunity every time he touches the ball, and I think that weighs to some degree of the critique of Marion," Jerry Jones said. "And I think I'm being trite when I say that. You just would like to some degree give yourself every opportunity to make the big play every time, and all of that weighs into that."
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