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Tiki, Tiki, Tiki

Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:26 pm
Leave it to Tiki Barber to make some NFL headlines during a week where no NFL transactions are allowed while a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is hammered out.

Barber announced Tuesday that he will attempt a comeback after being out of the league since retiring four years ago. He will be 36 years old when the season starts.

The Giants, his old team who still hold his rights, responded to this news with the following statement:

"We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list."

So there's one team that we can scratch off the potential suitors list. And frankly, 31 more should follow.

Let's consider the facts: Barber hasn't played a down of football in four years. Sure, he claims he's still in great shape and is reinvigorated by watching his twin brother Ronde play while he's been out. But you can't help but think that even with his body getting all of that time off, he still pales in comparison to backup running backs on league rosters now, running backs who are free agents as of the new CBA and running backs available on Draft Day.

Even the most logical reunion -- Barber joining ex-Giants assistant coach John Fox in Denver -- doesn't make sense. The Broncos are looking for a back to help Knowshon Moreno out, but would they take on Barber or stick with someone like Correll Buckhalter, who's been playing ball all this time, is in game shape, has been productive and knows the offense?

I wouldn't be surprised to see Barber join a team for training camp, with the Broncos a possibility and the Buccaneers (Tiki and Ronde together) a potential fit. I would be surprised to see Barber make a final roster. And I would be even more surprised to see Barber earn a part-time role. You'd have to pop my eyes back into my head and pick up my jaw from the floor if Barber was starting somewhere and relevant in Fantasy again.

And the bottom line is that with his chances of taking on a decent role and being a Fantasy option, even a backup, beyond slim to none, no one should consider him draft-worthy. But it might be an interesting story following him through his career ressurection.

Remember, not many people thought Ricky Williams could come back and be significant, yet it was two seasons ago he had over 1,100 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Barber can only hope he can deliver a percentage of that.

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