In an effort to get under the salary cap for 2011, the Dallas Cowboys parted ways with deadweight receiver ROY WILLIAMS and veteran running back MARION BARBER.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones once again showed his skillfully inept GM skills, giving away 1st, 3rd, 6th and 7th round picks to get Williams from the Lions two years ago. What did Jones get in return? A receiver with no star power who managed a mere 5 catches for 59 yards in two playoff games…all against the Eagles. His departure saves the Cowboys $5 million.
Barber, on the other hand, was a Cowboy fan favorite and will be missed. Yet Marion wasn’t much of a Barbarian last year, finishing with a career-low 113 carries for a career-low 374 yards and a career-low four touchdowns. Barber never had a 1,000-yard rushing season in his six seasons despite the Cowboys signing him to a seven-year, $45 million deal in 2008. He will be replaced in the RB rotation by Felix Jones, Tashard Choice and rookie DeMarco Murray.
Jones saves $4.75 million by releasing Barber.
More cuts will come as Dallas began Tuesday some $18 million over the league’s $120 million salary cap.