The Chicago Bears recounted last Friday that running back Marion Barber has retired. A 7-year vet, Barber, 28-year-old, played 6 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys before signing a 2 year contract last August that contained a signing bonus of $500,000 and base incomes of $2 million and $1.9 million for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, as well as a $100,000 workout bonus. Odds.
“I need to thank everyone who gave me the chance to play, and I’m really thankful to have had the opportunity to suit up for a couple of the NFL’s most storied franchises,” Barber declared to the team’s official internet site. “I want to give thanks everyone who helped me come to be a better player. I owe a lot to plenty of coaches, and am also very grateful to the owners and organizations I played for. Last but not least, I want to give thanks the followers for the support and ambition they gave me.” Barber’s retirement came a day after the team announced it had agreed to terms with former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush, who confirmed a 4-year deal worth $14 million, along with $7 million warranted. Bush replaces Barber as the club’s No. 2 running back behind Matt Forte.
After missing the 1st 3 games last season due to a calf injury sustained in the preseason, Barber rushed for 422 yards and 6 touchdowns before missing the last 2 games with another calf injury. Barber brought a level of physicality to the position, which was apparent on the 1st day he was able to participate in practice at training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill. Perhaps Barber’s 2 most memorable periods of last season came as the result of 2 gaffes that cost the Chicago Bearsin a 13-10 overtime loss at Denver in Week 14. During the defeat, Barber — with his team leading 10-3 shortly after the two-minute warning in regulation — stepped prohibited, which gave the Broncos time to tie the game with 3 seconds remaining by scoring 10 unanswered points. In the overtime period, Barber lost a fumble that led straight to the Broncos taking possession and winning on a 51-yard field goal by Matt Prater. Scores.
Coincidentally, the loss at Denver marked Barber’s lone 100-yard rushing performance of the season. Barber put collectively his most productive season in 2006, when he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 14… Barber made his only Pro Bowl in the 2007 season, rushing for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns. Barber finishes his career with 4,780 rushing yards and 53 TDs, in addition to 1,330 receiving yards on 179 receptions. Receiver Roy Williams, a previous teammate of Barber’s with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears said not to discount a potential return for the running back. “Well, when you cannot make the back flip all the way -around- it’s time,” Williams joked. “He had a good career, can still play, he’s a friend and somebody who liked the game. He’ll probably come back Brett Favre style.”