Jim Fassel wants Tiki Barber in the UFL

AP

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.

15 responses to “Jim Fassel wants Tiki Barber in the UFL

  1. “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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. @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.

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

  8. 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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