His time with Dallas may be officially over, but Marion Barber was often the player who invigorated Cowboys fans everywhere with his relentless attacking style.
We've heard the word leak over the first few days of the league year, but now it's official. The Cowboys have said goodbye to a total of nine players that repped the star to their fullest abilities. In the continued tradition of this Cowboys offseason, even the cuts lean towards the offensive side of the line of scrimmage. Seven of the nine players cut were on the side that scores, including four of last year's starters.
Offensive linemen Marc Colombo and Leonard Davis received their pink slips. Both players were signed to free agent contracts in the middle of the decade. Along the offensive line they are joined in the unemployment line by Robert Brewster and Travis Bright. Brewster has unfortunately become the poster boy for the failed 2009 draft.
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In addition to the linemen, the Cowboys also cut skill position players Roy Williams, Marion Barber and Troy Bergeron. Williams and Barber's cuts have been known, but Bergeron catches a tough break, unable to compete for a roster spot. The former practice squad receiver was most known for being the first NFL player to sign on with a competing league once the lockout was enacted.His fate was sealed when he failed to pass a physical today after being injured in the AFL season, according to Todd Archer's Twitter feed. Now that's tough luck.
On defense the Cowboys released linebacker Kelvin Smith and on Special Teams they released kicker Kris Brown.
Out of the players released, only Brewster and Barber were original draft choices of the Cowboys. Travis Bright was a undrafted rookie free agent addition last season, and Bergeron joined the team after spending a short time in Atlanta. Kris Brown joined the team mid year as kicker David Beuhler struggled. Roy Williams came over as a result of the famous 1st, 3rd and 6th trade with Detroit and was never able to provide the threat Jerry Jones hoped for. LB Kelvin Smith had bounced around the league over three seasons before joining the Cowboys last year.
Marc Colombo was signed by Bill Parcells near the end of the 2005 season, after his career appeared to be over due to knee injuries suffered while with the Bears. He would start all 16 games in 2006. The following year, Parcells would add Bigg Davis as free agent from Arizona. The two would man the right side of the Dallas line for the next four years together. Their releases clearly signify the changing of the guard along the line for Dallas.
Football is a business, and cut day makes it clearer than ever. Let's all extend a thankful hat tip to those players that have provided great memories to us over the years, and those that wanted to as well.