Marion Barber RB CHI Mar 23 '12

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.

Marion Barber RB CHI Mar 23 '12

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.

Marion Barber RB CHI Mar 19 '12

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.

Marion Barber RB CHI Mar 12 '12

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.

Marion Barber RB CHI Mar 08 '12

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.

Marion Barber RB CHI Jan 11 '12

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.

Marion Barber RB CHI Jan 01 '12

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.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 30 '11

Marion Barber (calf) 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.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 29 '11

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.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 28 '11

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 change-of-pace role if he's active for Week 17.