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Romo Signed, Next On The List Should Be Barber

barber.jpgI just discovered from the Cowboys home page that Marion Barber will be a restricted free-agent at the end of the season.  This is very disconcerting and should be the next top priority for the Jones family after yesterday’s contract signing of Tony Romo.  Although as a restricted free-agent, there is a little more leeway to wait and see what happens, but with a player who has contributed at the level Barber has,  it might just cost too much to wait very long.

Other players included on this list of restricted free-agents are Chris Canty, Jay Ratliff and J.P. Ladouceur.  These players are no less important, but have other circumstances to consider when evaluating their eventual worth come negotiations sometime next year.  However, with Julius Jones being an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the year, Barber’s status becomes more relevant much quicker. 

Other unrestricted’s will be Ken Hamlin, Patrick Crayton, Flozell Adams and Jacques Reeves.  Jerry Jones has stated he doesn’t like to get behind or feel like it’s too late in these types of situations, so even though he has concluded probably his most important contract deal of the season, these others need to be addressed fairly soon as well.  He knows he has some more flexibility when dealing with the restricted players, but when it comes to “Marion the Barbarian”, I think it’s safe to say most of us would like to see progress with retaining him sometime in the not-to-distant future.

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