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Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 6:40 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

Tuesday afternoon turned into a Tiki party -- as one-half of the Barber brothers combo announced his "de-tirement."  The world caught fire with excitement and good-natured barbs over the return to the NFL for the 35-year-old. Also, everyone wondered where he'd end up. We know one thing for sure, though: it will not be with the New York Giants.

"We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when able to make the transaction, we will release him from reserve/retired list," the Giants said in a statement released by the team.

So where does Tiki go now? Well, somewhere where the team is in need of running back help but not expecting too much. After all, via the NFL's stat feed on Twitter, here's the most rushing yards in NFL history by someone after they turned 36-years-old: Marcus Allen, 1335 yards; Doug Flutie, 1236 yards; Steve Young, 681 yards; John Riggins, 677 yards; and John Elway, 561 yards.

You'll notice only two of those guys are running backs. That's because it's just really, really, REALLY difficult to make an impact as a ballcarrier in the NFL in the mid-30's. And that doesn't discount the fact that Tiki's missed the last four years after retiring and hasn't necessarily -- though we don't know this -- kept himself in shape.

Tiki Time?
There's reportedly "interest" from multiple teams, however, and it seems reasonably likely that if there's football in 2011, someone will take a shot at him.

The two best bets, in my mind, seem to be the Buccanneers and the Broncos. Why? Well, Tiki's brother Ronde just signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay (he's likely to retire after 2011) and the brothers have always wanted to play together. Additionally, Barber would be a pretty nice third-down compliment to LeGarrette Blount at a very cheap cost.

Denver makes sense because John Fox has openly stated he wants two "good" running backs, and coached Tiki when he was the defensive coordinator with the Giants in the late 90's and early 00's.

Tampa gets an obvious advantage, of course, for family reasons, but it probably doesn't matter -- the odds of Tiki being effective wherever he ends up in 2011 are pretty slim.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:51 am
 

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Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:18 am
 

Fox coachedTiki when he was the DC in New York?

I didn't know that RB was a defensive position back then.



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:08 am
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

@VikesTexFan - And the irony of it all is that he still scored higher than you.  That shows the literacy/competency level of the CBSSportsline scoring system.



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:22 am
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

what a absolute jerkoff. he quits on the Giants, then took shots at Eli and Coughlin, The Giants win SB42 while this jackhole is showing his ugly mug on NBC, Then came the low blow. His wife Pregnant with twins while he skips town with a 20something, Bimbo. Classy move.....NOT! now he wants back in the NFL. please do not return back to the Giants. used to own his jerseys. now they packed in my trunk. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!Embarassed



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:21 am
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

"We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when able to make the transaction, we will release him from reserve/retired list," the Giants said in a statement released by the team'.
They forgot to add "best of luck to any team that signs this man" and " try and put his locker somewhere in the corner" 
I doubt he will make a roster.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:47 am
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

whoever provided tiki with advice back when he decided to retire and go to tv should be shot....i mean he did some local tv work when he was still playing and he was a total hack....one of the reason he retired was because he said he was tired of the pounding his body was taking....and he thinks at 35 the pounding will feel better??.....i feel a bit sorry for this guy because of the fall he took in like 18 months...this is a great example of how a player has nothing else to fall back on and probabaly is near being broke financially...



Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:08 am
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Boy Barber really did go from a guy who seemed to have it all together to a bit of a joke in a matter of about 18 months.  He seemed to be doing well outside of football and pretty down to earth guy.  Then he leaves his pregnant wife and gets booted from his TV gig.  Now he's 35 years old and wants to try to make an NFL team as a running back??  Wanna see a magic trick?? I can go from being John Elway-respectible to a Brett Favre joke in one announcement!  Go away Tiki. You had your 15 minutes.


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