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lj-pic.jpg As is prone for the NFL just prior to training camps opening, there is the usual fantastic trade rumor that surfaces. This one is not that far out since Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones is known to be quite the deal-maker. The latest rumor though, is highly unlikely. Sure RB Larry Johnson is somewhat unhappy with his contract situation in Kansas City, and the Cowboys are stated to be missing the “wow” factor in their RB squad as some have heard circulated around Valley Ranch. But the mathematics of it are the most improbable.

Johnson is due a $1.7 million for this season but could hold out for a new contract, which could be too expensive a price tag for most teams to offer now. Some figures have his asking price as high as $28-30 million for a 2-3 year contract. Not that he’s isn’t a great back and worthy of such negotiations, but I just don’t see the Cowboys be able to ink such a deal right now. Plus, they would most likely have to throw in a draft pick or two in next year’s draft, so I think it’s a little out of the realm of possiblity for this trade to occur.

Julius Jones has alot of potential to become the break-away back he was initially tagged for and Marion Barber III is one of the toughest, most productive third down backs in the league. Add in the young talent in Tyson Thompson, who has shown some great promise, and I don’t think that the Cowboys are seriously RB shopping this year.

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