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Marion Barber | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/10/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 218
College: Minnesota
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TMZ.com reports former Cowboys and Bears RB Marion Barber was arrested Sunday, and is currently being held for "mental detention and observation."
The arrest occurred in Texas. Few details are available, but TMZ claims "sources" told them the incident "occurred at a nearby church." Barber, 31, retired from the NFL in 2012. He has no known history of off-the-field problems. Jun 16 - 4:15 PM
Source: TMZ.com

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Bears announced RB Marion Barber's retirement from football.

Barber isn't yet 29, but his body has begun to break down, particularly in the legs, and he's no longer an effective NFL runner. After a highly promising start to his career in Dallas, Barber averaged under 3.8 yards per carry in three of the past four seasons. The 2005 fourth-round pick was one of the NFL's most physical backs during the 2005-2007 campaigns, however, scoring 33 all-purpose touchdowns in his first three years. Ultimately, Barber was the personification of short shelf lives for power running backs in the NFL.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 02:31:00 PM

Bears RB Marion Barber, expected to be released, is reportedly drawing interest from the Rams and Eagles.

Barber would be purely a backup for either team, replacing Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown respectively. He won't be guaranteed to make a roster this summer after averaging a paltry 3.5 yards per carry over the past two seasons.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 11:23:00 AM

The Bears would save $1.7 million in salary cap space by releasing Marion Barber.

We're surprised the move hasn't been made yet. The Bears aren't in hot pursuit of any top remaining free agents, but they could use the savings to lock up in-house players long term. Franchise player Matt Forte comes to mind, as does Jay Cutler. Forte is under control only through 2012; Cutler through 2013.
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 07:00:00 PM

Marion Barber has reportedly made it clear that he does not expect to be back with the Bears for the 2012 season.

He's already moved out of the Chicago-area apartment that he lived in last season. Bypassed by Kahlil Bell in the backfield pecking order, the 29-year-old (in June) Barber will likely be released in the coming days.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 04:10:00 PM

Marion Barber is a "prime candidate to be released" this offseason.

He's as good as gone after restricted free agent Kahlil Bell's late-season emergence as a viable insurance policy for Matt Forte. Turning 29 in June, Barber carries a $2.25 million cap charge in addition to a $1.9 million base salary.
Thu, Mar 8, 2012 04:23:00 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune, "it would not be surprising" if the Bears release Marion Barber this offseason.

The Bears are likely going to franchise tag Matt Forte and pay Kahlil Bell over $1 million, so it wouldn't make sense to keep Barber as a third-stringer for over $2 million. Releasing Barber would also create salary cap room.
Wed, Jan 11, 2012 03:01:00 PM

Bears declared RB Marion Barber, QB Nathan Enderle, OG Mansfield Wrotto, OT Levi Horn, TE Andre Smith, DT Jordan Miller, and DE Corey Wootton inactive for Week 17 at Minnesota.

Kahlil Bell and Josh McCown are locked in as full-time players with Barber and Enderle out. Bell is a top-10 fantasy play this week, according to Rotoworld's Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling.
Sun, Jan 1, 2012 11:48:00 AM

Marion Barber (calf) did not practice Friday and is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

Kahlil Bell and undrafted rookie Armando Allen will handle backfield duties against Minnesota. Barber will finish the season with 422 rushing yards on 114 carries (3.70 YPC). While he flashed an improved burst at times this year, it's clear Barber has lost the majority of his explosiveness and passing-game value. He'll be an offseason release candidate in Chicago.
Fri, Dec 30, 2011 02:29:00 PM

Marion Barber (calf) was held out of Bears practice for the second straight day Thursday.

Barber isn't going to suit up for Sunday's finale, leaving Armando Allen to back-up Kahlil Bell against the Vikings. Bell is Rotoworld's 11th ranked running back for Week 17.
Thu, Dec 29, 2011 04:50:00 PM

Marion Barber (calf) was held out of Bears practice Wednesday.

Barber was originally expected to give it a go today, but apparently couldn't get loose. Severely out-played by Kahlil Bell since Matt Forte was lost for the season, Barber will only be used in a change-of-pace role if he's active for Week 17.
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 04:45:00 PM

Bears coach Lovie Smith expressed frustration Monday with Marion Barber's proneness to injuries.

"It's a concern always when a player has missed time," said Smith. "He's been a player who's been injured quite a bit." Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune speculates Barber will have "an awful hard time" being the Bears' No. 2 back next season. Kahlil Bell has passed him on the depth chart, making it questionable to doubtful that the Bears would pay Barber's $2.25M in salary and bonuses.
Mon, Dec 26, 2011 01:29:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports Marion Barber (calf) will sit out Saturday's game in Green Bay.

Barber's absence leaves Kahlil Bell as the primary ball-carrier and potential three-down back. "There are bigger concerns I have, and Kahlil is not one of them," coach Lovie Smith said. "... I'm excited about the opportunity he has." A candidate for 20+ touches, Bell is now a top-25 fantasy option for Week 16.
Fri, Dec 23, 2011 08:05:00 AM

Marion Barber (calf) was held out of Bears practice for the second straight day Thursday.

Barber has an extra day to get back on the practice field with the Bears playing in this week's only Sunday game, but all signs are pointing toward Kahlil Bell operating as Chicago's lead back against the Packers' 12th ranked run defense. Bell is Rotoworld's 34th ranked running back for Week 16, while Barber is 38th.
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 05:00:00 PM

Marion Barber (calf) was held out of Bears practice Wednesday.

After receiving just two second-half carries in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, Barber's Week 16 status is up in the air. What he does Thursday should go a long way toward determining if he's active against the Packers. Even if Barber does play, he'll be a weak flex play in deeper leagues after clearly being surpassed on the depth chart by Kahlil Bell in Week 15.
Wed, Dec 21, 2011 05:01:00 PM

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