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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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Comments

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 3:04 am
 

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

Tiki. why did your brother get all of the brains in the begining? That puts you in the same league as a good looking blonde. Both air heads.



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 3:01 am
 

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

Tiki. why did your brother get all of the brains in the begining? That puts you in the same league as a good looking blonde. Both air heads.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 1:42 am
 

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

He's been doubling as Ronde for the last 4 seasons- thus, playing every other week along with his twin brother-- That's why Ronde is still so fresh!!



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:51 am
 

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

I actually don't think he deserves to get picked uyp nor does any team suite as a fit or place for him. I thinkj this dude needs to go to the CFL and show he still has something in him that's what I think. Why would the cards want him.... Beanie looks good alfonso runs hard the injury to williams sucks but they don't need him he came out of retirement at a bad time a lot of good running backs were out their this year....sucks to be him but he cost his Giants some games, and possibly superbowl rings if he didn't bail so early.



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:27 am
 

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

I think the Cards would be a goof fit. He could backup Wells Or the Raiders. Just my opinion.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:08 pm
 

How about the Lions?

While our RB's are dropping like flies, I would give him a one year deal for next to nothing but tons of incentives around yards, carries and scores.  What's the downside unless he is that big of a douche in the locker room.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

I hope this punk never makes another dime.


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