Tag:E.J. Biggers
Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:52 am

Morris: Ronde Barber will be back next year

R. Barber could return for his 15th season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though he hasn’t made any official announcement, his coach seems pretty adamant that Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber will return for another season.

At least, that’s the impression Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris gave Tuesday.

"Yes, he's coming back and I'm fired up about it," Morris told the Tampa Tribune. "I've got a lot of confidence in him. It's just a matter of him and (general manager) Mark Dominik getting together and coming to an agreement.''

Replied Barber, whose contract is up in March, in a text message to the paper: "That's just my good buddy, Rah, being my good buddy, Rah. You know for a fact that he wants me back. I haven't said no, that's for sure.''

If this is it for Barber, he can retire knowing he’s had a standout 14-year career. He’s played his entire career with the Buccaneers, and he’s the only NFL player in history with at least 40 sacks and 25 interceptions.

Obviously, he’s not quite as sprightly at the age of 35 as he was at 25, but Barber still plays well enough to handle a starting CB role for Tampa Bay (though he’ll have to fight to keep that spot with E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis continuing to improve).

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:52 pm

Bucs lose Talib, Faine for the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Bucs lost more than just a crucial divisional game against the Falcons Sunday. Cornerback Aqib Talib and center Jeff Faine are both done for the season.

Talib tore a tendon from the bone near his hip flexor early in the contest (he spent the rest of the afternoon jawing with Roddy White from the sideline). The injury, obviously painful, will not require surgery. Faine, who missed a chunk of time earlier this season with a quad injury, is out with a torn triceps.

Talib will be replaced by E.J. Biggers, who is coming off his best game of the year. Faine was replaced by Jeremy Zuttah during his quad injury, but Zuttah has since replaced injured right guard Davin Joseph (also done for the season). On Sunday, Zuttah filled in at center again, and rookie Derek Hardman stepped in at guard.

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