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Raheem Morris: Ronde Barber will be back

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The last remaining Bucs player from the team’s 2002 championship team should be back with the club in 2011.

Coach Raheem Morris said cornerback Ronde Barber plans to return for a fifteenth season.  Morris says they will figure out a deal to keep the impending free agent.

“He’s playing. Now it’s just a matter of what he’s playing for,” Morris told Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times.   “I’m really confident that he’s playing and I feel great about it.”

Morris even says Barber, 35, will remain a starter opposite Aqib Talib.  Barber had a surprisingly strong 2010 season.

“It’s just a matter of deciding how much he’s worth and all that,” Morris said.  “But our starting right cornerback will be back. He’ll be our starting right corner as long as he keeps playing at a high level.”

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10 Responses to “Raheem Morris: Ronde Barber will be back”
  1. dboom says: Jan 18, 2011 12:58 PM

    And to think his Sissy brother called it quits after only 10 years.

  2. smellsmalicious says: Jan 18, 2011 1:01 PM

    i like aqib talib’s collab album with mos def better than his football playing.

  3. kimcon22000 says: Jan 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    Ronde’s what?
    About 80 years old?
    The guy can STILL play!

  4. beastofeden says: Jan 18, 2011 1:32 PM

    Is Ronde a Hall Of Famer?

  5. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jan 18, 2011 1:48 PM

    I love Ronde, and I’m glad to hear he’ll be back. Though I hope this doesn’t stunt the growth of E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis.

  6. lgbarn says: Jan 18, 2011 1:50 PM

    He is a HOFer for sure. Dude had a great season for the Bucs. Last game of the season, it was like he was in Drew Brees’ pocket. I look forward to him being a coach at some point as well.

  7. admirebucs says: Jan 18, 2011 3:27 PM

    Ronde will be a HOF on this stats alone. Only corner to have 20+ sacks and 20+ INTs……Only corner to have 20+ sacks and 30+ INTs.
    He has exactly 40 INTs.

  8. brasho says: Jan 18, 2011 5:13 PM

    Actually, he is the only PLAYER to ever have 40 INTs and 25 sacks (26). Should he be in the Hall? If the Bucs do extremely well during these next few seasons that Ronde is around, he can cement his case. I feel he is, but he has been affixed the “zone corner” label though he might be the best ever nickleback to ever play in the NFL… which is about akin to being called the best ever fullback, which I doubt would get anyone into the Hall (Johnston, Gash, L. Neal, H Griffith, Alstott will never sniff the HoF).

  9. bucforever says: Jan 18, 2011 7:35 PM

    I feel sure Ronde wants to retire a Buc. His name should go up on the ring of honor right after he retires.

  10. silkyjohnson937 says: Jan 19, 2011 12:24 AM

    Ronde has 183 consecutive starts most EVER by a defensive back and the second longest active streak currently behind london fletcher I believe, he had the third longest streak among active players but favres streak ended so now he is second among active players. Pretty impressive considering how physical he plays and also played with john lynch who used to hurt his teammates unintentionally

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