ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Running back Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Apparently when Cowboys' Vice President Stephen Jones implied that each of the team's three running backs would return for the 2010 season, he meant it.
Per ESPN, several sources close to the team denied reports that Dallas is shopping Barber, on Tuesday. On Monday, the NFL Network reported that NFL executives have indicated that Barber is on the trading block. Made a starter after the 2007 season, Barber has yet to record a 1,000-yard season in that role, as he's struggled with injury.
The University of Minnesota product Barber is due $7.8 million in 2010 if he remains with the team--$3.8 million in base salary with a $4 million roster bonus. If a team trades for him, they will be obliged to pick up the deal, or attempt to restructure it.
Jerry Jones has said he feels good about the running back position, though, judging by his words, this isn't due to Barber alone, but the depth there, with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice as two seemingly viable options. Jones does still believe that Barber is capable of a big year, barring the unforeseen (injuries).
"It would [concern me] if we didn't have the depth there," Jones said, per ESPN. "But by having the depth, we can feel good about [it]. Maybe [if] Marion hadn't [had] a couple of unfortunate seasons there, maybe we'll get a big year out of him. If you did that, you've hit a home run."