Ian O’Conner of ESPNNewYork.com writes that Tiki met with Jon Gruden and former Bucs G.M. Bruce Allen for drinks midway through the 2007 season, with Gruden putting on a full court press to sign Tiki for the stretch run. Barber’s agent was all for it, because he didn’t like how Barber’s broadcast career was starting out.
“I was pushing for it hard,” Lepselter said, “because I already knew things weren’t going in the right direction for Tiki.” (Tiki says thanks for the support.)
At the end of the meeting, Tiki said he’d join the team. He changed his mind soon thereafter, sort of like he’s changed his mind this offseason after four years away from the game.
“With my life stagnating, and feeling like I wasn’t really doing anything, I realized I still love the game of football,” Barber told O’Conner of his latest decision to return. “I’d lost my way, and then I realized this is what I still want to do.”
UPDATE: The Giants won’t file tampering charges, in case you were curious.