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Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

Posted on: August 21, 2011 7:16 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Remember when Tiki Barber announced this spring that he was coming out of retirement? And the scuttlebutt that several teams (including the Steelers and Buccaneers) would likely give him a shot at redemption? Well, we're more than three weeks into training camp and Barber has had a grand total of one workout, with the Dolphins, and he left Miami without a contract.

That was on August 3. We haven't heard a word from him since, even though the Patriots are inviting every old-timer with a pulse to Foxboro to go through the paces (they even signed a few).

With the NFL regular season three weeks away, Barber's window of opportunity appears to be slamming shut. The New York Daily News Gary Myers writes that despite Barber's complicated back story, the former Giants running back has earned the right for another shot.

"Regardless of what you think of how Barber left the Giants in his prime - and it wasn't pretty - or the comments he subsequently made about Eli Manning or Tom Coughlin, or how he split from his wife while she was pregnant with twins, that has nothing to do with this simple fact: He deserves a chance to prove he can still play," Myers wrote Saturday.

"Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress each missed two full seasons serving jail time and had no trouble finding work. But nobody wants to touch Barber."

For all the reasons Myers cited above. Both Vick and Burress were considered good teammates -- something we can't say about Barber -- and both possessed enough raw ability, even after stints in prison, that several teams thought signing them was worth the risk.

Barber's a 36-year-old running back four years removed from his last NFL snap. In football terms, 36 might as well be 86. And his inability to get along with teammates and coaches negates any on-field talents he might have left.

"Somebody might give him a tryout. Nobody is going to give him any money," one GM said when Barber announced in March he was coming back. "I wouldn't even acknowledge it. I would rather read the cartoons. What running back plays at 36? Who wants to bring a guy in for one year?"

Barber's best shot at resurrecting his NFL career might come after the regular season is underway and only if a team has a run on injuries at the running back position and are in desperate need for help. Otherwise, his un-retirement announcement will be just that: words.

Myers adds that "Barber had two years and $8.2 million left on his Giants contract when he retired. He turned down a four-year, $13.2 million deal to work at Fox, where he built up a lot of good will and on-air experience during his playing days, to accept NBC's three-year, $5.7 million deal. He retired too early and then took the wrong TV deal."

Unlike when Barber abruptly retired in 2006, his NFL career is now out of his hands. On the upside, former Giants head coach Jim Fassel has extended Barber an offer to join UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:52 am

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:31 am

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:42 pm

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Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 3:40 pm

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

It is mildly surprising that only one team gave him a tryout but a 36 year old out of the league for 5 years seems like a huge longshot. I bet his 40 yard dash was over 5 seconds. Perhaps Miami shared his tryout numbers with other teams and that put an end to a ringing telephone.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:01 pm

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

I would like to see him play, just to watch the opposing  defence squash him, and watch him fail, ( that is crude but true).  I would give him a performance based contract only, so I would not have to pay him when he is on the PUP  list by week 4 , sorry Tiki you lost all respect in this leauge, maybe UFL would take a chance but even that is too good for you!

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:38 pm

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

Read my insight on Barber to the Phins here ^^

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:23 pm

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

Tiki Barber is a jerk, and the sad thing is that his brother is still a good player and for all I know a good guy.  Too bad for Ronde that his brother is a jerk, I'm sure he gets mistaken for him all the time.  There is only one Barber worth playing to play in the NFL, and sadly his time is coming to an end too.  Best wishes to Ronde, as for Tiki, you made your own bed, now it's time to sleep in it.  

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:10 pm

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

Tiki's a jerk.

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