Dallas Cowboys News and Notes, 2/21/11: Marion Barber Detained by Police
- Marion Barber was detained by police at a Beverly Hills hotel this morning for “disturbing the peace.” He was not arrested and agreed to check out of the hotel.
There’s really not much to add here. This incident alone won’t get Barber booted from the team, but that should really happen anyway.
- ESPN Dallas is claiming that right guard Leonard Davis could get cut this offseason.
This seems to be speculation more than anything, which isn’t new for ESPN. They claim Davis had a horrendous 2010 season, but that actually wasn’t the case (they also say the ‘Boys averaged only 2.0 yards-per-carry behind Davis when the real number was 3.86). I provided Davis with a “B-” overall grade.
This was news to me. James has started all 16 games for seven straight seasons, which is remarkable. I gave him the 16th-highest grade of any Cowboy in 2010.
- Is free agent safety O.J. Atogwe an option for Dallas?
There were rumors of Atogwe to Dallas last offseason, but nothing came of it. I’d still prefer Michael Huff or Eric Weddle, but Atogwe would certainly be an upgrade over Alan Ball. Either way, I think free safety should be the No. 1 priority in free agency because of the lack of stud safeties in this draft class.
- Jay Ratliff will remain a nose tackle, not move to defensive end like many have speculated.
It’s possible the Cowboys are posturing as to not give away their intentions for the draft, but if not, I don’t like this move at all. Why pass up a player like Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor if he would drop to the second-round simply because you want to keep Ratliff inside?