Dan over at the Landry Hat apparently needs to get a life. I thought I watched a great deal of yesterdays Combine coverage, but somehow I missed this. Adam Schefter is saying that the Dallas Cowboys are talking trade with the Miami Dolphins for the number 1 pick and that the trade may involve 3 picks and Marion Barber.
WOW! Well, I have been saying for 2 months now that that was the trade, dating back to before Tony Sparano was interviewed for the Phins job and before the Cowboys got knocked out of the playoffs. Of course, Dan was saying that as well…because neither of us really have lives. In any case, Dan wasn’t the only one that heard Schefter. It has made quite the impact on message boards from coast to coast.
Here is the link to The Landry Hat article written by Dan and his not so supportive take on the idea of this trade.
Fueling the rumor that Jerry Jones himself tried to squash yesterday by saying “we haven’t talked about that” in regards to the rumors about a trade, is the fact that Darren McFadden posted run times of 4.27 and 4.33. Jones has had a “jones” for McFadden all year and the fact that he left immediately after DM ran the 40 suggests that he saw the only player he wanted to see. It seemed like “yep, I confirmed to myself that what I already knew“.
A lot will change between now and the draft in two months. If Jones really wants this kid bad, he should call Miami, make the trade now, then call McFadden and say “O.k. kid, I don’t want you doing your pro-day, I don’t want you doing anything. Come to my house and stay with me until the draft so you don’t get hurt.”
If we travel back two months ago, I reported here that during the interview of Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells, a phone call was made to Jerry Jones who has recently said that he would not allow any of his staff to leave until their contracts were up and specifically Jeff Ireland until after the draft. I then said that Jerry Jones came out of his office, smiled, and said that everything was going to be fine. That afternoon Ireland was hired as the new GM for the Dolphins, and Jerry Jones had completely changed his tune.
2 months. There is going to be a lot of denial, a lot of rumors, and whether this trade ever gets done or not…you can expect the two sides to be talking quite often.
On a side note to all of this, keep an eye on Marion Barber and his contract negotiations. Barber is an RFA and will likely be tendered by the Cowboys for a 1 and a 3 round compensation tender. If that happens and the Cowboys do not sign him long term, that could be an indication that he is headed elsewhere. If the Cowboys sign him to a long term contract with a lot of bonus money, then Barber is likely staying put in Dallas, but that would not rule out a trade for McFadden.