Chicago Bears
Position
RB
 
Jersey
24
Name  Marion Barber
Born  6/10/1983
Height  5-11
Weight  218
College  Minnesota
3/23/2012 4:03:00 PM
Description: Marion Barber retired from the NFL after seven seasons Friday.
Insight: After Chicago signed running back Michael Bush to a four-year deal Thursday, it became clear that there wouldn't be any room in the Bears' backfield for Barber next season. Barber took over at running back after Matt Forte went down with an injury last year and finished with 422 rushing yards.
 
7/26/2011 3:12:00 PM
Description: According to various reports, the Dallas Cowboys are releasing RB Marion Barber and WR Roy Williams, among others, to get under the current salary cap. SOURCE: ESPN DALLAS
Insight: The moves really don't come as a major surprise. Barber was expected to be one the of the players the Cowboys cut in an effort to get under the $120.4 million salary cap. Right now, the Cowboys are about $18 million over the cap. The Cowboys have also reportedly informed WR Roy Williams, OL linemen Marc Colombo and Leonard Davis and kicker Kris Brown that they will be cut.
 
5/2/2011 11:20:00 AM
Description: Cowboys RB Marion Barber's time in Dallas is likely over after the team drafted RB DeMarco Murray in the third round. SOURCE: DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Insight: It was widely rumored that Barber was done as a Cowboy way before the draft, but this puts the last nail in the coffin. The drafting of Murray also means that Felix Jones and Tashard Choice should watch their backs. They will remain on the team, but are now "on notice."
 
2/15/2011 2:22:00 PM
Description: There is reportedly no guaranteed money left in Cowboys RB Marion Barber's contract. SOURCE: ESPN DALLAS
Insight: Barber still has four more years left, but the $5.8 million average is ridiculously high for a guy who is clearly playing on fumes. And since the Cowboys don't have to owe anything if he's cut, there is no reason to keep him around.
 
2/14/2011 2:10:00 PM
Description: Cowboys RB Marion Barber's future in Dallas is still reportedly "uncertain." SOURCE: DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Insight: Barber's running style has literally wiped him out before he reaches 30. Set to make a pretty hefty $4.25 million in 2011, we expect him to be released. He is really nothing more than a goal-line back and even that might be stretching his limitations.
 
1/19/2011 10:55:00 AM
Description: Then Cowboys OC Jason Garrett believed going into 2010 "and for a big part of the season, that RB Marion Barber was the superior back" over RB Tashard Choice. SOURCE: DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Insight: We could see Garrett feeling this way before the season, but Barber's 2.85 ypc average through the first half of the season couldn't have convinced Garrett he was that much better than Choice. There is still belief that Garrett's dislike for Choice will lead him to be traded. We could see a new backup behind Felix Jones in 2011 if the team finally comes to it's senses and dumps Barber as well.
 
12/26/2010
Description: Barber (calf) had eight carries for 58 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night against Arizona.
Insight: Barber was active after missing a few games, and was able to find the end zone. If he can keep the goal line role, he could be usable for fantasy owners that have a need in Week 17. (RapidDraft.com)
 
12/22/2010 10:05:00 PM
Description: Barber (calf) practiced fully on Wednesday.
Insight: Barber's status for Christmas night against the Cardinals is unknown at this point. (RapidDraft.com)
 
12/18/2010 6:30:00 PM
Description: Cowboys RB Marion Barber is expected to sit against the Redskins after being limited all week with a calf injury. SOURCE: ESPN.COM
Insight: Good news for Felix Jones owners as he figures to continue to be the lead back. After a disappointing outing last week against the Eagles, including missed opportunities at the goalline, it's hard to call Tashard Choice nothing more than a flex option at best.
 
12/15/2010 4:00:00 PM
Description: Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News reports Barber (calf) was back at practice on Wednesday.
Insight: Barber has missed the last two games, but looks likely to be active on Sunday against the Redskins. Fantasy owners should not assume he'll get very many touches if he does play.(RapidDraft.com)
 
12/15/2010 3:24:00 PM
Description: Cowboys RB Marion Barber was back at practice Wednesday after missing the last two games with a calf injury. SOURCE: TWITTER
Insight: Tashard Choice struggled mightily against the Eagles' rushing defense Sunday night, averaging a mere 2.3 yards on seven carries. Barber is expected to be active against the Redskins, but we don't know if Choice will get one more chance to prove himself. Neither are worthy starters.
 
12/10/2010 10:01:00 AM
Description: The Dallas Morning News reports Barber (calf) missed practice on Thursday.
Insight: Barber looks unlikely to play Sunday night against the Eagles, so Tashard Choice looks likely to have a significant role again. (RapidDraft.com)
 
12/7/2010 11:03:00 PM
Description: Bryan Broaddus of ESPN Dallas.com reports Barber (calf) is considered "day-to-day" for Week 14.
Insight: Barber's status for Sunday night against Philadelphia is in doubt, and the Cowboys have no reason to rush him back with Tashard Choice coming off a 100-yard game last week. (RapidDraft.com)
 
12/3/2010 3:27:00 PM
Description: Cowboys RB Marion Barber (calf) has officially been ruled out against the Colts. SOURCE: DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Insight: No surprise here. Barber will try to make it back for Week Fifteen against the Eagles. Felix Jones looks like a solid RB2 option, with Tashard Choice a low end RB2/flex, depending on your league size.
 
12/3/2010 10:04:00 AM
Description: The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones confirmed Barber (calf) will not play on Sunday against the Colts.
Insight: Felix Jones is in line for more work, and Tashard Choice's role will increase as well this week. (RapidDraft.com)
 
11/30/2010 1:04:00 PM
Description: The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that despite some considerable improvement over the weekend Barber (calf) is still not expected to play in Week 13.
Insight: It was previously reported Barber would miss two weeks with this calf ailment. Felix Jones should continue to be the lead back for the Cowboys regardless of how soon Barber returns. (RapidDraft.com)
 
11/30/2010 12:48:00 PM
Description: Cowboys RB Marion Barber is still expected to sit out Week Thirteen, despite his calf injury improving considerably over the weekend. SOURCE: FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM
Insight: We secretly hope Barber has a setback so Tashard Choice can finish out the season on a high note. Unfortunately, it looks like Choice will end up being a one-week wonder if Barber keeps improving.
 
11/29/2010 1:26:00 PM
Description: Cowboys RB Marion Barber (calf) is expected to miss the next two weeks. SOURCE: TWITTER
Insight: Finally Tashard Choice can see some action. Barber left early against the Saints on Thanksgiving, giving Choice the goal-line work and a rushing touchdown. Expect Felix Jones' role to stay the same, but Choice has enough talent to be a possible flex option while Barber is out.
 
11/29/2010 1:01:00 PM
Description: Bryan Broaddus of ESPN Dallas.com reports Barber (calf) will most likely be out two weeks.
Insight: This is good news for Felix Jones' fantasy prospects heading into a favorable matchup against the Colts in Week 13. Tashard Choice could also be in line for more work while Barber is out. (RapidDraft.com)
 
11/27/2010 11:00:00 PM
Description: ESPN Dallas.com's Tim McMahon speculates Barber's calf injury could cause him to miss one or two games.
Insight: Barber has a strained calf, and his absence should mean good things for Felix Jones and to a lesser degree Tashard Choice. (RapidDraft.com)