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Tiki Barber seems interested in the Steelers

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A report surfaced in the New York Post Thursday stating that the Steelers  “has emerged as a possible landing spot” for Tiki Barber.

Or at least Barber seems to hope so.

“There could be something down the line with Barber and the Steelers, according to two sources who stated that Barber would certainly be interested in restarting his career in Pittsburgh,” Paul Schwartz wrote.

It’s hard to tell if there is much meat on this bone or if Barber just likes the idea of the Steelers because they are contenders with a good coach.

While the Steelers could use a third-down back with Mewelde Moore set to hit free agency, Barber doesn’t fit the Steelers profile.  They rarely sign aging free agents (unless they are ex-Steelers), and like most teams would expect a backup running back to contribute on special teams.

Barber’s agent says he hasn’t spoken with other teams yet, even though he said there were “interested parties” just a few days ago.

“In light of the fact that [the Giants] will not be retaining his rights, and have stated such publicly, we are hoping that we can begin speaking with other teams as soon as possible,” agent Mark Lepselter told the Post.

There’s really no gray area here.  Lepselter will have to wait for a CBA agreement to speak to other teams.

Or at least he’ll have to wait to admit to speaking to other teams.  Again.

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52 Responses to “Tiki Barber seems interested in the Steelers”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Mar 10, 2011 11:27 AM

    Maybe who should wait til halftime of the superbowl to sign with a team that way he can improve his chances of getting that ring he wanted.

    Sounds like he doesn’t want to worry about being a leader so find a team that has plenty of them to begin with.

  2. dietrich43 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:28 AM

    Rosenthal is more likely than Tiki to join the Steelers.

  3. seattlerogueburner says: Mar 10, 2011 11:32 AM

    “Is Tiki there?”
    “Yes, this is him.”
    “Hi Tiki, it’s Chan Gailey.”

  4. lunarpie says: Mar 10, 2011 11:43 AM

    Who cares!?!?

  5. steelergold says: Mar 10, 2011 11:50 AM

    Tiki was a torch but the torch has burnt out.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 10, 2011 11:53 AM

    LOL, I’m interested in playing for the Steelers too, and I see the team still has roster spots unspoken for, so can i have a job?

  7. billinva says: Mar 10, 2011 11:53 AM

    And the Steelers seem interested in Ronald McDonald

  8. zone44blitz says: Mar 10, 2011 11:55 AM

    hahaha yeah right. He’s in his mid 30’s as a running back? If Pittsburgh is doing that, just bring the Bus back.

  9. cassrangers says: Mar 10, 2011 11:57 AM

    I’m sure he’s interested in a lot of teams………………………………….. that aren’t interested in him

  10. buckybadger says: Mar 10, 2011 11:58 AM

    The personnel person who bring in Tiki should be fired. You can get a RB just as good in rookie free agency and he won’t have the veterans salary and you would be building for the future. Its things like this that make me happy Ted Thompson doesn’t bother with free agents. No way to build a team.

    The only way Tiki should bet a roster spot is after the season started and a team has had unfortunate injuries, even than you could probably get someone younger.

  11. 3octaveFart says: Mar 10, 2011 11:58 AM

    I’m sure it’s safe to say the Steelers aren’t at all interested in him.

  12. gpete1962 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:59 AM

    what a loser !! his own brother couldn’t get him on his team…..

    Now that your broke Tikachi maybe the Giants will let you clean the lockers for $10 an hour..

    “Don’t go away mad, just go away”

    STAY RETIRED !!!!!

  13. lionfan419 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:59 AM

    I think i see him in Houston as Fosters third down back

  14. moochzilla says: Mar 10, 2011 12:04 PM

    Tiki who?

    I heard that Terrance Flagler is also interested in the Steelers. More to follow!

  15. moochzilla says: Mar 10, 2011 12:05 PM

    3rd down backs who can catch – there are about 1,000 of them out there that won’t require a $750k minimum salary.

    Not that Tiki would play for the minimum anyway.

  16. donterrelli says: Mar 10, 2011 12:05 PM

    That’s funny because the Steelers are the LEAST likely team to sign him. Let’s see, they have Mendenhall, Moore, Issac Redman, and now second year Jonathan Dwyer.

  17. donterrelli says: Mar 10, 2011 12:06 PM

    zone44blitz says: Mar 10, 2011 11:55 AM

    hahaha yeah right. He’s in his mid 30′s as a running back? If Pittsburgh is doing that, just bring the Bus back.

    ————–

    Or Najeh Davenport…

  18. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Mar 10, 2011 12:07 PM

    First of all you’re not going to convince me that Tiki wants back in simply for the love of the game. It’s about money.
    Which begs us to consider the Redskins as a potential landing spot. After all Danny boy has a habit of hiring (and paying a lot of money to) older, washed up players.

  19. 49erdanny says: Mar 10, 2011 12:08 PM

    Tiki can’t even keep a job as an analyst… Good luck paying for those 5 kids… “Will sign autograpghs for cash” will be written on a cardboard box

  20. roxtar10 says: Mar 10, 2011 12:11 PM

    I feel a little guilty that I REALLY don’t want him to catch on anywhere….

  21. shieldsisland37 says: Mar 10, 2011 12:14 PM

    The Steelers already have a rb with fumbalitus (mendenfumble). Do they really need another one in Tikibear?

  22. scoops1 says: Mar 10, 2011 12:15 PM

    In other news…Barry Foster called and said the Steelers wanted him back on the team

  23. wryly1 says: Mar 10, 2011 12:15 PM

    Let’s cut to the chase. Tiki didn’t cut it in TV, screwed up his personal life and can no longer afford to live in the Big Apple. He’s looking for a 7 figure payday. Who really, truly needs a 37 y/o RB with 4 years on the shelf, who was NEVER considered a team leader in the first place?

  24. pftard says: Mar 10, 2011 12:17 PM

    You know who else likes Tiki Barbar to the Steelers? The Ravens, Browns and Bengals.

    Please sign him

  25. pftard says: Mar 10, 2011 12:21 PM

    Tiki was quoted as saying: ‘If they’ll cheer for Roethlisberger, than the’ll cheer for anyone’. Clearly he feels like the Steeler fans have low standards for choosing their ‘stars’, so he should fit in well

  26. theideabag says: Mar 10, 2011 12:27 PM

    If there’s any team that would accidentally sign Tiki, it’s the Raiders.

  27. docredskin says: Mar 10, 2011 12:31 PM

    tinkletinkleonyourstar says:
    Mar 10, 2011 12:07 PM
    First of all you’re not going to convince me that Tiki wants back in simply for the love of the game. It’s about money.
    Which begs us to consider the Redskins as a potential landing spot. After all Danny boy has a habit of hiring (and paying a lot of money to) older, washed up players.

    Quick, someone is a free agent! Cue the Dan Snyder jokes!

  28. weswelkerspornstash says: Mar 10, 2011 12:33 PM

    The only way he will get picked up is if a team looses every back. Like the Saints last year

  29. broncosalute9 says: Mar 10, 2011 12:39 PM

    I think it would be crazy if Tiki came back as a RB Coach.. but at 36 come back as a backup RB to be buried in the depth chart.. that is just unreal.

  30. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 10, 2011 12:45 PM

    Isnt he using a walker?

  31. sdisme says: Mar 10, 2011 12:46 PM

    Did his new girly and ex-wife/kids suck him dry already?

  32. JimmySmith says: Mar 10, 2011 12:53 PM

    Doesn’t Pittsburgh already have an overrated player who hits on young women and is generally considered a sleazeball?

    Why would they need two?

  33. thefiesty1 says: Mar 10, 2011 1:00 PM

    The cow babies could always use another back. And then continue to explain underachievement.

  34. 8man says: Mar 10, 2011 1:00 PM

    No, no, no, no.

    They need a barber! Not one of the Barbers!

  35. db3300 says: Mar 10, 2011 1:01 PM

    “Did his new girly and ex-wife/kids suck him dry already?”

    He deserves nothing less. I had nothing against Barber until I found out he left his pregnant wife and kids to hook up with a 23 year old intern at NBC. I think we would all like to go back to a time when we nailed 23 year old chicks but you’re never going to win the PR battle when you leave a pregnant wife to do so.

  36. rockymtnphinfan says: Mar 10, 2011 1:03 PM

    Hey Tiki you gonna run down on kick off’s and tackle someone? Yeh i thought not.
    The Steelers aren’t gonna touch this guy.
    Maybe you should try the Packers…..badda boom!

  37. shadowgm1 says: Mar 10, 2011 1:14 PM

    What a yankbag. You should just shut up already, before you makes an even bigger ass of yourself in the public picture. Use your degree and get a job in that field, and come to the realization that you aren’t the “megastar” you think you are. No one in the NFL cares to carry you to get the ring that, thanks to you retiring, the Giants were able to achieve in 2007.

    This report is obviously one-sided, and that being his camp making the most noise – feeding the press these insane “team interest” ideas. This guy couldn’t beat out Mewelde Moore in Pittsburgh.

  38. shadowgm1 says: Mar 10, 2011 1:17 PM

    “This guy couldn’t beat out Mewelde Moore in Pittsburgh.”

    *meaning that they’d prefer to bring back Moore cheaper than take a shot with this over-the-hill back, or even draft one in the seventh.

  39. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Mar 10, 2011 1:30 PM

    “Even I wouldn’t touch this guy with a 10 foot pole, and I love me some old, has-been running backs like Corey Dillon, Fred Taylor, etc.”

    signed,

    The Hoodie

  40. riverhorsey says: Mar 10, 2011 1:56 PM

    Wants the ring he gave up on

  41. harleyrider1973 says: Mar 10, 2011 2:01 PM

    I heard OJ’s out of money too and want to play for the steelers.

  42. raiderinpa says: Mar 10, 2011 2:04 PM

    theideabag says:
    Mar 10, 2011 12:27 PM
    If there’s any team that would accidentally sign Tiki, it’s the Raiders.
    ______________________
    Ha ha ha ha ha!!! So funny!! No thanks, we already have the best RB tandem in the league… Love how the haters can pull the Silver & Black into any blog just for kicks… Keep on hating…

  43. kingbattle says: Mar 10, 2011 2:22 PM

    Isn’t this the idiot that quit on his team, quoting that he wanted to be able to walk away from the game healthy?? Well he did that, so stay away.. I don’t think alot of NFL fans like to see quitters play.. Especially since the only motivation here is money instead of the passion for the game.. And I’m sure Giants fans are really happy he decided to quit, hince them winning a super the very next year..

  44. dukeofthedawgpound says: Mar 10, 2011 2:29 PM

    This clown couldn’t make the Pirates as a batboy let alone the Steelers.

  45. tedtrek says: Mar 10, 2011 2:31 PM

    Right after they sign him they’ll go after TO, then maybe Ochostinko, then they’ll probably hire Drew Rosenhouse.

  46. drumbug7 says: Mar 10, 2011 2:40 PM

    That’s unreal. The NY Post article says “Tiki may sign with the Steelers”, implying that a signing will be imminent with the new CBA, but the whole article is about how Tiki “would like to” play for the Steelers, probably doing damage control from when he bashed Roethlisberger in the past. The actual article even says that there have been no discussions with the team. That’s a pretty big leap from “Tiki wants to play for a contender” to “Tiki may sign with X team.”

  47. goawayeverybody says: Mar 10, 2011 2:46 PM

    Huh? Why the Steelers? Mendenhall is a beast, and Moore and Redman are quite strong. I think the Lions would be a perfect fit for him myself. Or maybe the Seahawks.

  48. kyleortonsarm says: Mar 10, 2011 2:47 PM

    Has he committed enough crimes against women and done enough drugs to be considered for the Steelers? I could see Lawrence Taylor being a great fit for Pittsburgh’s culture but I’m not sure Tiki is enough of a sociopath to make the cut there.

  49. kingdm8 says: Mar 10, 2011 3:13 PM

    Tiki, can you say “UFL”?

  50. trickbunny says: Mar 10, 2011 3:22 PM

    “It’s hard to tell if there is much meat on this bone or if Barber just likes the idea of the Steelers because they are contenders with a good coach.”

    Well, duh… ya think?

    The funny part about that, though, is that the Steelers are slowly ebbing as all the clutch players are getting old. I think it’s pretty apparent to anyone who can project a year or 2 or 3 down the road that the Steelers are gonna return to the non-factor they were in the 80s and, uh, pretty much their entire history prior to the 70s. So if that’s where Tiki wants to go be a back-up and ride some coat tails to the SB, he’s probably interested in the wrong team.

  51. drexelvol says: Mar 10, 2011 3:25 PM

    Yeah, well, I’d like to work for Google, but fat chance that’s gonna happen.

    Funny thing about work…it’s the EMPLOYER that ultimately hires the employee, not the other way around.

  52. jeffro33 says: Mar 10, 2011 5:02 PM

    Ronde may be your twin, but he still has ability.

    Hang ‘em up Tiki. Go back to Reader’s Digest.

    Nobody in the NFL- owners, players, or fans, likes a two-faced fraud.

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