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Jim Fassel wants Tiki Barber in the UFL

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The New York Giants won’t be welcoming Tiki Barber back. But one of Barber’s former Giants coaches would love to coach him again.

Jim Fassel, who coached Barber during his first six years in the NFL, is now coach of Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. And Fassel says he thinks the UFL would be a good place for Barber.

“He says he wants to play in the NFL,” Fassel told the New York Daily News. “If he wants to come play in our league, I would be happy to have him.”

It’s probably safe to say that’s not going to happen: Barber is presumably trying to return to football because he wants an NFL paycheck, not a UFL paycheck: UFL players make about $50,000 a year.

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15 Responses to “Jim Fassel wants Tiki Barber in the UFL”
  1. chargerdillon says: Mar 9, 2011 12:42 PM

    Tiki wants to be in the UFL as much as NFL owners want you to coach their team Jim.

  2. medialovesthecowboys says: Mar 9, 2011 12:47 PM

    This story is just sad…in a funny “Boy-do-I-hate-Tiki-Barber” kind of way.

  3. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 9, 2011 12:48 PM

    The UFL actually gives its players paychecks?

    Are they any good?

  4. benh999 says: Mar 9, 2011 12:51 PM

    “UFL players make about $50,000 a year.”

    … when the checks are actually received, not mistakenly left unsigned (insert Seinfeld witticism), and don’t bounce.

  5. BC says: Mar 9, 2011 12:54 PM

    If there IS a UFL next year. Which is doubtful.
    Tiki needs the cash. He’d sign on for league minimum in the NFL before wasting his time in a league that’s likely to fold within the year.

  6. ninjapleazee says: Mar 9, 2011 12:56 PM

    I wouldn’t want Tiki on my Madden PS3 team

  7. gcsuk says: Mar 9, 2011 1:27 PM

    So he’d only make $50,000 a year. I don’t think Tiki has any other job offers that are in that price range at the moment.

  8. tombrookshire says: Mar 9, 2011 1:30 PM

    Last I saw, UFL teams were being sued becuase they owe a lot of people a lot of money. I wouldn’t be so quick to go there to get the crap get kicked out of me, and then not even get paid. That’s called street football.

  9. thingamajig says: Mar 9, 2011 1:41 PM

    And I thought he was coming back for the love of the game.

  10. tcostant says: Mar 9, 2011 1:56 PM

    Seems to me it’s a good way to show the world that Tiki is in “football shape”, just structure the contract that he can league for an BFK+L job with a weeks notice and no transfer fee.

    I think he can be an effective second RB in the NFL (5 to 10 touches a game). This guy was at the top of the league when he left, he won’t be that good, but could be better than most second RB’s

  11. madesian says: Mar 9, 2011 2:29 PM

    @tcostant

    Tiki was a pretty good RB in 2006 when he retired. but a good RB isn’t that hard to find anymore and, once they start to decline, they decline rapidly. look at guys like Sean Alexander and even LaDanian Tomlinson. Those guys were top of the league but Alexander isn’t even playing anymore and LaDanian is on a visible downward slope.

    You’re right though, Tiki could be a decent 2nd RB. but he’s already 35 and that is ANCIENT for a RB of any capacity.

    If Tiki wanted to play longer, he should have never retired to begin with.

  12. kd75 says: Mar 9, 2011 2:33 PM

    After taxes, child support, alimony and living expenses, Tiki would clear about $5,000 playing in the UFL.

  13. JohnnySinns says: Mar 9, 2011 2:49 PM

    Tikki you never leave the wifey for the intern.

    - signed Brett Favre

  14. alarmbottle says: Mar 9, 2011 2:56 PM

    Tiki, is UFL paycheck good enough for Traci?

  15. tcostant says: Mar 9, 2011 3:25 PM

    madesian point taken.

    But keep in mind that Tiki has show no decline yet and may be able to play at a high level with limited carries. I’m not thinking he is going to be John Riggins, but he could be an effective Darren Sproles type player right now.

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