Barber? Jones? McFadden? Who’s Going? Who’s Staying? Who’s Coming?

Originally, I had planned to write this blog on why I think we should go ahead and trade Julius Jones and keep Marion Barber. I have thought for the most of the season that Barber is the future in the Cowboys backfield. While Jones is a good back and can certainly be the lead man in another offense, I think he has seen the writing on the wall in Dallas, and realizes that he is going to be relegated to a supporting role for Barber. Because of this, I think Jones slacked off this season. When he gets the chance to carry the ball, he spends his time dancing around the backfield, waiting for a hole to open up. Barber, on the other hand, tends to make a hole if one isn’t readily available.

My reasoning here is, that Julius Jones, while a talented and hard worker, has lost heart, due to his realization that Barber is now perceived as the premier back. Julius knows that he can be the top back in many other offensive schemes, just not here with the Cowboys. Therefore, I was going to argue that we should get a contract on Barber and lock him in long term and let Jones go with our best wishes since I don’t think we can keep both.

Then – from stage left, enters Darren McFadden of Arkansas. The rumors are flying that Jerry Jones wants McFadden and wants him badly. Miami, of course, would have the first shot at McFadden (or anyone) due to having the first round draft pick this coming year. As we all know, we have already had a mass exodus of coaches from Dallas to Miami to join the Big Tuna. In thinking about this, it seems that Jerry Jones has been very cooperative in this process, and has allowed these guys to leave without much effort to keep them. In addition, it is also rumored that Miami wants Barber.  Could there be a deal in the works to let assistant coaches go without a whimper, while also tossing Barber into the mix at some point in order for the Cowboys to get their hands on that first round draft pick?

To be honest, I have no idea. All I know are the rumors I hear on the sports shows and the other blogs and fan sites I read. I love Barber and don’t want to see him go. However, I loved Herschel Walker and thought his trade was one of the most stupid things I had ever seen – at the time it happened. Of course, I realized later, that “The Trade” as it would come to be known, was a brilliant coup on the part of Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson to lay the foundation for a dynasty, while Minnesota ended up feeling like they had bought a huge “lemon” from the shadiest used car dealer in town. Ultimately, the final results of “The Trade” brought some now familiar names to the Boys – Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith, Darren Woodson, and Clayton Holmes.  For Minnesota, the results brought – relative obscurity.

My thoughts here are this, I know Jerry Jones is a smart business man. He knows how to cut a deal, and has proven that time and again in the past. I admit that I have thought him crazy at times in the past and then later, I was proven wrong when the impact of these deals have been brought to light. Jones obviously has some neurons and synapses firing in his head that don’t work so well in my noggin. But please, let’s not make the mistake Minnesota did – thinking they were one back away from a championship, they sold their soul (and their supporting cast) to get him.

Again, I love Barber and think he may be the toughest back out there. McFadden is, without a doubt, extremely talented, yet unproven in the NFL. Barber has already proven himself with the Cowboys. Aren’t there other possible ways of getting McFadden without giving up Barber? Is all this just unfounded rumor with no basis in reality? Many have said so. They say there’s no way Jones will let Barber go. It’s a given that Jerry Jones will sign him. I thought so too, but why hasn’t he done so yet? What’s the hold up? As a restricted free agent, my understanding is that you simply have to tender him an offer to lock him in, but this, as of yet, hasn’t happened.

For the most part, in this blog, I am just thinking out loud. I certainly don’t pretend to be an expert – just a devoted fan trying to figure out what’s going on. What do you, the readers think? Please feel free to share your thoughts with me. Is all this a possibility? Am I nuts? Hit me back. Let me know what you think.

Contributed by Rich Isaacs 
 

Comments
  1. ShelbyK

    With Jerry, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! You’re not nuts. The Off-Season is! LOL!

  2. LG

    We can’t trade Julius Jones. He is a free agent. Time to start anew.Felix Jones would compliment MB3 very well and at a much smaller cost.

  3. Bridger

    i have been hearing rumors of the Mcfadden trade for a long time now but i’ve come to my own conclusion. i think if we DO trade our draft picks and a player like MBIII for that top spot on the board, this franchise will see few overrall improvements from last season. Our running game was quite consistent and i think it would be unnecessary to draft i runningback so high with the first pick. sure Mcfadden is talented but he is not what we need to give us the edge. we need to fix our WEAKNESSES. not our strengths. keep the two first rounders and use them on
    A. a defensive back
    B. a tall, dominant receiver (one to replace TO/Terry Glenn)
    or C. if a good running back is still available with the second first rounder grab him to replace Julius Jones (who as we all know will most likely be gone).

  4. Double J

    Here’s my two-cents: why trade away a back who, as you said, was the hardest-working back in the NFL this year just to have a crack at an unproven talent? McFadden may have been the cream of the crop in college but as we all know, the NFL is a different world entirely.

  5. McFadden is good. but look what happend to Bush He was great with USC. But look at him now. I say we keep Marion Barber we all know what he and do.

  6. Cowboy

    I agree on some of your views especially on getting Marion Barber III a contract and keeping him in our backfield; however our differences do veer in separate directions in other areas. You mentioned that Julius Jones is a good running back that could certainly be the featured back with another team, and if he does have talent, he sure hasn’t displayed since his arrival in Dallas. I, for one have been very disappointed with Jones as a player and will go on to say that in my opinion he is/was a total bust for the “Cowboys.” As for Jerry Jones wanting Darren McFadden, my thoughts are that throughout the years Jerry has gotten smarter and would know better than to trade the entire team for just one player who has yet proven himself in the NFL. The Herschel Walker trade was a brilliant, daring, never in my lifetime will this business move ever happen again type of deal, however, it has to be attributed to the mastermind of the whole deal, Jimmy Johnson, as owner, the only thing Jerry did was sign on the dotted line. Now if we look back at the ones that do count against Jerry, the Joey Galloway disaster has to come to mind, and that Stephen Jackson was available when the Cowboys walked to the podium, so to call Jerry Jones a brilliant mind, I wouldn’t go there just yet.
    Just like any big company with the hiring of a new boss (head coach) stability has to be maintained and thus the reason why most of Bill Parcels’ staff was kept, so I was not surprises at the end of the season when Jerry permitted his coaches to seek employment elsewhere, what one had to have noticed is that he offered big money to those he wanted to keep and brought on others that had proven to him that they could do the job. A prime example is the hiring of Dave Campo, though Campo to me is not head coach material, I truly do believe that the man is an excellent coach that has proven himself (can’t discount all those Super Bowls can we, so keep your eyes on the secondary for improvement).
    And though our season ended abruptly, Jerry and the rest of us long time fans once again got a little taste of victory…so stay tuned the opening of the new stadium might just include a new banner?

  7. Not gonna happen
    Barber aint going nowhere
    Nice work Rich. You really are a good read.

  8. CHUCK KINGSTON

    I HAVE TO SAY KEEP MB III PERIOD. WE COULD TRADE JONES & CARPENTER TO TRY AND GET THE 1ST PICK ALONG WITH A CASH INCENTIVE. I WOULDN’T USE THE PICKS WE ALREADY HAVE. JERRY DONT MIND PAYING, REMEMBER DEION? OR WE COULD TRY TO GET MICHAEL TURNER FROM SAN DIEGO OR A PUNISHING FULLBACK LIKE WE HAD WITH MOOSE. WE ALSO NEED A CENTER TO SNAP A LONGBALL SO WE CAN RUN SHOTGUN FORMATION WHICH WAS PROVED WE COULD NOT DO THIS YEAR. USE FREE AGENCY TO GET THESE GUYS ALONG WITH A WIDE OUT TO ENSURE WE HAVE ENOUGH RECEIVERS. DEFENSIVE SIDE, I WOULD GO FOR ASANTE SAMUEL OR MARCUS TRUFANT WITH FREE AGENCY OR EVEN GIBRIL WILSON. HELL, WHY NOT PAC-MAN JONES? IVE HEARD RUMOR THAT HE WANTS TO PLAY FOR DALLAS. INK HIM TO A 1 YEAR DEAL AND TEST HIS METTLE. ALTHOUGH I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED FOR NO SUPER BOWL RUN THIS SEASON, I VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT SEASON. A COWBOY FAN UNTIL I DIE.

  9. irvin

    i think jimmy johnson needs to get his stiff hair ass back in dallas wade is good but man jimmy got game yo i like to see another t.o. and defensive back come to the boys but not let barber go for some hot young runner julius can go also crayton can go but let it be know romo need time is dallas o line getting to old in a few spots look at brady he had lots off time and look at the damage he done to people so jerry think you know jimmy still has time on his contract why not make him secondary head coach or general manager

  10. Barber leaving the team is my nightmare.
    My dream is to resign Barber, and either sign Trufant or resign Flozell Adams but not both, which ever isnt addressed draft replacement in first round along with Desaun Jackson. In the second round draft the speedy RB like Steve Slaton or Chris Johnson. The Arkansas ties Jones has is going to kill us!!

  11. Rich Isaacs

    Hey you guys,
    Thanks for all the comments so far. I was really hoping to get some discussion going since I knew Barber would be a hot topic. Keep in mind I don’t want to lose Barber either. I think he’s fantastic.
    Let me correct something. LG was right in his post. We can’t trade Jones because he is a free agent. What I should have said was let him go with our best wishes instead of using the word trade.
    Again, thanks for the responses. This is a great site and I’m so glad to be doing some writing here with this great staff. More importantly, the regular readers here at StarStruck are great fans and I love to hear your comments whether you agree with me or not. I learn so much from your comments and they cause me to look at things from a different perspective than I have before. So, again thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and thanks for being loyal Cowboy fans. Go Cowboys!!!!!

  12. Tim Bobala

    Barber is a BEAST!! Why let him get away to take a chance on a kid who could end up being the next Blair Thomas or Kijana Carter? I would be very disappointed if they let him get away.

  13. Torsten

    I think MBIII is the best back to come through Dallas since Emmitt!! PERIOD! He is tough, smart, good hands, has quick moves and knows how to block. Why give up our comfy TWO first round picks for an unproven back when one is already in place. In the first round, take a corner and a big bruising sytle runner to compliment MBIII.

  14. andrea

    i cannot wait to see McFadden on the cowboys, it is going to be my dream come true.

  15. I don’t think Jones would be that dumb to let Barber go that easy. I like the idea of getting McFadden, but so what if we can’t nail in on McFadden….Has anyone forgotten about Rice from Rutgers?? Now, Miami does have first pick, But Dallas can get either one…I say let McFadden go to Miami and go get Rice!!!

  16. Nicole

    Until Marion gets a longterm contract with Cowboys, I won’t be sleeping good at night. This is a nightmare. How can they even think about trading him. I would wish for Jerry Jones to read all this and realize how much MBIII is loved by the fans.

  17. MIDNITE

    MB3 IS STAYIN’ IN BIG”D”. WHY IS EVERYBODY SO HARD ON ROY(SUPERMAN) WILLIAMS I SAY KEEP HIM MAKE HIM A ROVERBACK KEEP HIM IN THE BOX GET A CB MOVE HENRY TO FREE SAFETY PUT HAMLET AT STRONG SAFETY

  18. CASEYCOWBOYFAN

    If MB3 did not have the game against the Giants that he did, I think they may have traded him and others to get McFadden. However, seeing how hard he runs and the determination he has, there is NO WAY he will be traded.