Marion Barber decides to retire on heels of Bears signing Michael Bush

Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber (24) stares down Denver Broncos free safety Quinton Carter (28) during the third quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Former Dallas Cowboy and current Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber has decided to retire from the NFL at the ripe old age of 29.

Apparently Barber isn’t pleased with his expected diminished role in the Bears offense now that the team has signed free agent running back Michael Bush.

Bush signed with the Bears yesterday agreeing to a four-year contract worth $14-million that includes $7-million in guaranteed money.

The signing of Bush also did not sit well with primary running back Matt Forte, who took to twitter in a rant about Chicago’s deceit in getting him a long term deal.

Forte has waited patiently for the Bears and GM Jerry Angelo to piece him together a lucrative long-term contract, but he has yet to see any interest from the team to do so.

After missing the first three games of the 2011 season with a calf injury, Barber rushed for 422 yards and six touchdowns before missing the final two games with yet another calf injury.

Barber finishes his career with 4,780 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns, in addition to 1,330 receiving yards.

He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, making a Pro Bowl in 2007 when he rushed for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Topics: Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Marion Barber, Matt Forte, Michael Bush, NFL, Retirement, The NFL

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