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Tiki says Steelers, Bucs are on his short list

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Last month, Tiki Barber’s media tour encountered a significant road bump, in the form of Mike Francesa’s radio show.  After the argument regarding whether Tiki’s time at NBC was a failure subsided, agent Mark Lepselter said that two teams have shown significant interest.

In a new interview with Tom Pedulla of USA Today, Barber said that the Steelers and the Buccaneers are on his own short list.  Though Barber didn’t bridge the gap between his own interests and the two teams who supposedly are seriously interested, it would be reasonable to conclude that the teams in which Tiki is interested are the teams that are interested in him.

We’ll find out not long after the lockout ends whether the Steelers or the Buccaneers or some other team is interested in Barber.  Giants statement Pat Hanlon reiterated to Pedulla that the team plans to release Barber from the reserve/retired list once business can be done, making Barber a free agent.

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47 Responses to “Tiki says Steelers, Bucs are on his short list”
  1. kazwhopper says: Jul 5, 2011 11:59 PM

    Tiki Barber=Tool.

  2. terrellblowens says: Jul 6, 2011 12:01 AM

    I bet that the list of teams that actually want him is shorter

  3. steeltownpride says: Jul 6, 2011 12:03 AM

    Honestly i think Floyd the barber has more of a chance to be signed by the Steelers than Tiki does .

  4. Soulman45 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:04 AM

    Good luck to Tiki I wish you will.

  5. hobartbaker says: Jul 6, 2011 12:05 AM

    Steelers and Bucs both called Tiki and suggested he make his list shorter.

  6. johnnyb216 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:12 AM

    The real question is who’s short list is he on.

  7. myspaceyourface says: Jul 6, 2011 12:14 AM

    John Gruden thinks he can be a H.O.F. QB. He has great vision and an uncanny ability to see the field.

  8. northeastern31 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:17 AM

    there is no way Tiki just walks on and plays anywhere close to the level he played at during his prime, which by the way, was good but not great.

  9. goawayeverybody says: Jul 6, 2011 12:17 AM

    @%^$#$! I’ve been drafting LeGarrette Blount like mad in fantasy football and Tiki is going to spoil his value!

  10. ygkr85 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:17 AM

    Steelers and Bucs would both be good fits. Somebody convince me why the Steelers or Bucs wouldn’t want Tiki? Here are my reasons why:

    Steelers: Mendenhall is a workhorse but this is a two back league now. Mewelde Moore? Isaac Redman? Dwyer? Want to overpay for my boy Ahmad Bradshaw or take a one-year 3 mil flyer on a potential solid role player?

    TB: Repeat Steelers paragraph and substitute Blount for Mendenhall and Cadillac Williams for Mewelde. The Glazers love soccer and are cheap yadda yadda, Tiki’s twin is there. Duh.

    Talent wins out, if Tiki works out for the teams and has something left– he will be signed.

  11. festivus01 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:22 AM

    And more breaking news! Tiki says the Raiders are on the short list

  12. descendency says: Jul 6, 2011 12:23 AM

    Did Kenny Britt repeatedly punch Tiki in the head too?

    Me thinks he should consider UFL teams.

  13. tyreeshelmet says: Jul 6, 2011 12:25 AM

    I’d hold his rights, make him go shop a a deal and get a pick, dont like it? Trek up to Albany and prove your worth at Camp Coughlin….Screw this dbag.

  14. ezg1 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:26 AM

    Delusional! That young stuff must have made him crazy!

  15. trbowman says: Jul 6, 2011 12:27 AM

    Steelers ain’t happening. Guaranteed.

    I’m a Tiki fan, but come on. A list? You’re not in a position to be choosy here, Tiki.

    Bucs actually make sense. Not just because Ronde is there. If Cadillac leaves, who is their 3rd down back? Tiki could fill that void.

  16. herlies says: Jul 6, 2011 12:27 AM

    Apparently, he’d also like to play for New England and Green Bay.

    What a surprise.

  17. ravensfan4life52 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:34 AM

    short list? that is his whole list.

  18. MichaelEdits says: Jul 6, 2011 12:47 AM

    Favre hands off to Tiki, Tiki fumbles, and a nation bursts into laughter. These are the losers that will be signed if the lockout doesn’t end. But hey, they’ll just be having fun out there.

  19. goforthanddie says: Jul 6, 2011 12:50 AM

    He really thinks Pittsburgh wants him? The UFL doesn’t want him.

  20. Slackmo says: Jul 6, 2011 1:06 AM

    Ronde better watch his back or Tiki will kidnap him and assume his identity.

  21. jjrs89 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:07 AM

    Tiki Barber is the casey anthony of football

  22. tbtrojan says: Jul 6, 2011 1:11 AM

    Who care what teams are on his short list.
    What’s more important is which teams have himon their list.
    I have a short list of teams I’d like to play for too but that will never happen.

  23. hendeeze says: Jul 6, 2011 1:33 AM

    the Steelers and the Bucs response? -“O’RLY????”

  24. halftermguv says: Jul 6, 2011 1:36 AM

    Tiki and I have a lot in common in fullfilling our lists.

    I’ve narrowed my list to winning the lottery and an Oylmpic gold in the 100 meters.

  25. transam7816 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:38 AM

    New rule. If you retire from football…it’s permanent. These comeback players are annoying

  26. halftermguv says: Jul 6, 2011 1:42 AM

    Sorry…Olympics…darn Jim Beam spell check screwed up.

  27. grantgoodman93 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:49 AM

    But, is he on their shortlists?

  28. discosucs2005 says: Jul 6, 2011 2:21 AM

    If any team picks him up, it will be someone with an established veteran running back.

    I am still in disbelief that he is attempting this. I guess his hope is that a team like the Steelers or Colts pick him up and then win a Super Bowl and he retires right after.

  29. slemmebo says: Jul 6, 2011 2:54 AM

    Tiki ! You aint on their short list..

  30. rogoceo says: Jul 6, 2011 3:26 AM

    Gee, this has the feel of the Jagr to either Detroit or Pittsburgh debacle….as a Pittsburgh fan, I say, please go away….we do not need your drama…..

  31. firerosenthalthebastard says: Jul 6, 2011 4:17 AM

    Tiki’s Short List:

    Australian Rugby
    Jamarcus Russel training camp in Mobile, Alabama

  32. redbeardxxv says: Jul 6, 2011 5:24 AM

    Tiki is an unknown commodity at this point. Who knows if he if his veteran status will help him, or if his age will keep him from excelling. Either way the only known aspect to his game is that he is a locker room cancer. As a GIANTS fan, and a former Tiki fan I wish him all the Karma he deserves. I hope to see him leave the field on a stretcher in the first quarter of the first game, regardless of what team he plays for. Thanks for the memories, but after you left NY, your polished media image tarnished pretty quickly. Bashed your team, coaches and QB, turned on your preggo wife, failed at your media career, why does football want you back? Wait, it doesn’t.

  33. mississippibred says: Jul 6, 2011 5:29 AM

    i would be shocked… you’d have thought tampa would have learned its lesson after Derrick Ward. I doubt highly that he will end up on the bucs. if anything I say the bucs are of ‘token’ interest as a favor to Ronde, their interest in him makes Tiki’s value go up.

  34. erfoster says: Jul 6, 2011 6:02 AM

    no way the steelers sign this guy.

  35. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 6, 2011 6:10 AM

    I really want to know what team really would want Tiki Barber as there star RB or would he want to play as a Backup.

  36. kevinfromphilly says: Jul 6, 2011 7:53 AM

    Did he draw up his short list wwhile riding the short bus?

  37. donterrelli says: Jul 6, 2011 7:58 AM

    Tiki to Redskins = LOCK

  38. jesse1834 says: Jul 6, 2011 8:08 AM

    UFL!!!! Oh hell who are we kidding? Arena league!!!

  39. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 6, 2011 8:14 AM

    What? Herschel Walker ain’t available?
    If the Steelers really wanted to sign a washed up running back, I’m pretty sure they still have Jerome and Willie’s phone numbers.
    Actually, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Bus back in the lineup, especially on the goal-line. Big Ben’s two-inch vertical leaps followed by fumbles just aren’t gettin’ it done.

  40. netherscourge says: Jul 6, 2011 9:48 AM

    Mr. “I cheated on my pregnant wife” wants to play football again?

    Sorry Tiki, your image is toast. No Favreian comebacks or new TV jobs will save you.

    Try being a better husband/father first and maybe someone will let you do a voice in an animated TV show or something.

  41. schmitty2 says: Jul 6, 2011 9:57 AM

    ygkr85 says:
    Jul 6, 2011 12:17 AM
    Steelers and Bucs would both be good fits. Somebody convince me why the Steelers or Bucs wouldn’t want Tiki? Here are my reasons why:

    Steelers: Mendenhall is a workhorse but this is a two back league now. Mewelde Moore? Isaac Redman? Dwyer? Want to overpay for my boy Ahmad Bradshaw or take a one-year 3 mil flyer on a potential solid role player?

    Overpay for Bradshaw?? They guy is 25 and had a 1,000 yard year but you think a 36 y/o out of the league for 3 years would be a better fit. Don’t quit your day job buddy

  42. gregjennings85 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:21 AM

    Tiki is in for a rude awakening when he finds out how few teams have even a shred of interest in a RB of his age.

  43. bradentonbuc says: Jul 6, 2011 10:31 AM

    Tiki will be a servicable back for someone in the NFL next year. He could surprise a lot of people.

  44. lucky5934 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:33 AM

    last one to touch their nose and say “Not It!” gets Tiki.

  45. Deb says: Jul 6, 2011 11:42 AM

    ygkr85 says:

    Talent wins out, if Tiki works out for the teams and has something left– he will be signed.


    That comment is a cold, hard fact … yet it received overwhelming thumbs down. If you saw Tiki’s conditioning regimen in the HBO special, you know he’s probably got something left. The Giants are willing to release him. No matter how big an ass he’s been off-field, he always did his job on the field. And he’ll be willing to take less. He’ll probably end up on a roster. Initially I wouldn’t have thought it would be with the Steelers, but Moore is a FA and we could use another power back. If he has a good tryout, it wouldn’t shock me if we signed him for a year. If he did his job and kept his mouth shut, I wouldn’t care.

  46. goawayeverybody says: Jul 6, 2011 11:43 AM

    @northeastern: good but not great?

    What have you been smoking and where can I get some????

    4.7 per carry average.
    over 1,500 yards from scrimmage his last three seasons.

    Ended with a 5.1 per carry average his final season WITHOUT elite speed.

  47. eaglescouch says: Jul 6, 2011 12:06 PM

    Tiki considers 32 a “short list.”

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