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Report: Steelers still aren’t interested in Tiki

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Last month, agent Mark Lepselter used the same sentence three times when talking to WFAN’s Mike Francesa regarding the potential destination of running back Tiki Barber.

We feel we know where we’re going,” Lepselter said.

Lepselter also said that two teams have shown significant interest, and that one has emerged as the favorite.

Since then, Tiki has identified two teams on his short list, prompting many to assume that the two teams he identified are the two that have shown significant interest.

The only problem?  The two teams are, by all accounts, not interested.

The Bucs reportedly aren’t interested.  And now Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reiterates his report from earlier in the year that the Steelers aren’t interested.

Even if the Steelers were at some point in the offseason potentially interested, controversial comments from Rashard Mendenhall and James Harrison likely have made the Rooneys even more leery about a guy who has a chronic verbal case of Montezuma’s Revenge.

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40 Responses to “Report: Steelers still aren’t interested in Tiki”
  1. mightymightylafootball says: Jul 26, 2011 3:11 PM

    “…a guy who has a chronic verbal case of Montezuma’s Revenge.”

    Gross. Yet accurate.

  2. steel6times says: Jul 26, 2011 3:12 PM

    HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO!! 6 rings

  3. goawayeverybody says: Jul 26, 2011 3:12 PM

    He would be a good change-of-pace back for St. Louis maybe. Or the Colts, since they have no one who can do much of anything except for Joseph Addai.

  4. skinsrock says: Jul 26, 2011 3:12 PM

    Prediction…. Tiki Barber NFL Teams in 2011 = 0

  5. axespray says: Jul 26, 2011 3:12 PM

    breakin’ news?

  6. daburgher says: Jul 26, 2011 3:13 PM

    not sure why anyone would be interested in Tiki… dude is old and RB’s are a dime a dozen

  7. grpatriot says: Jul 26, 2011 3:13 PM

    UFL, maybe?

  8. dcbassguy says: Jul 26, 2011 3:14 PM

    Another guy with a big mouth…… That would make sense.

  9. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 26, 2011 3:15 PM

    Well, if Ed Bouchette says they’re not interested…

  10. trbowman says: Jul 26, 2011 3:17 PM

    It’s going to take a team taking injuries at the position for Tiki to get signed, I think.

  11. rajbais says: Jul 26, 2011 3:17 PM

    Don’t rule out Denver and the guy that “outcoached” Tiki’s coach Tom Coughlin … John Fox.

    I might be wrong though because Mike Freeman heard this too and we all know about how wrong he can be these days.

  12. mjkelly77 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:18 PM

    Tiki phone home.

  13. bearsnoah says: Jul 26, 2011 3:19 PM

    When it comes to keeping total D-bags out of the league,
    Collusion is awesome!

  14. goldeelox says: Jul 26, 2011 3:20 PM

    What if Tiki throws in two complimentary Shamwows, an ash tray and one of those pompous hats he wore while on NBC to sweeten the deal?

  15. dpatt67 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:20 PM

    And in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

  16. djstat says: Jul 26, 2011 3:21 PM

    4 years since he played, he will suck. I hope no one wants him and his passion for football lands him in the UFL or the Arena league. This scum bag only wants to play because he needs money. Get a real job and have to work for a living you jerk. BTW, for the Steeler fan who said six rings…hope you enjoyed that loss in February to the Packers…Steelers SUCK IT

  17. nineroutsider says: Jul 26, 2011 3:22 PM

    “Montezuma’s Revenge”

    Why did you bring that up? Just thinking about it has my stomach in knots all over again…

    I don’t see anyone wanting Tiki…unless, as you suggest, they are forced to due to a mid-season injury.

    Maybe they should start a ‘senior’ NFL league…like golfers have the senior tour. Farve can live out his dream of becoming incapacitated on a football field…

  18. stinkfingers says: Jul 26, 2011 3:22 PM

    Report: Nobody is interested in articles about Tiki, either.

  19. mjkelly77 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:23 PM

    Agents are lying leeches. Mark Lepselter’s hoping to drum up interest with his lie about two teams being interested. When asked to name the teams he said “Uhhhh …. well there’s uhhhh”.

  20. goawayeverybody says: Jul 26, 2011 3:23 PM

    Can someone tell me when the free agency period ends?

  21. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 26, 2011 3:24 PM

    He should stay put … on the Madden 2005 cover.

  22. latrobe21 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:25 PM

    Tiki, we don’t want you ! Quit trying to create mock interest where there is none. James Harrison was at Big Ben’s wedding on Saturday.

  23. phinheads says: Jul 26, 2011 3:26 PM

    Tiki talk is almost as bad as Favre talk

  24. semperfi24 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:30 PM

    Maybe we should forget about Tiki articles, until we find a team that IS interested in Tiki, lol…

    Otherwise we have 30 more “(Insert Team) isnt interested in Tiki” stories coming in the next month

  25. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 26, 2011 3:33 PM

    I think it is safe to say nobody is interested in Tiki Barber.

  26. dexterismyhero says: Jul 26, 2011 3:35 PM

    Go Packers!!!!

    Tike isn’t interested in the Steelers either.

  27. WingT says: Jul 26, 2011 3:37 PM

    who is Tiki Barber?

  28. cfletcher33 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:39 PM

    I think Tiki is going to surprise alot of people if put in the right situation. He has never had a major injury and fixed his fumbling issues. I am not saying he is going to lead the league in rushing, but I think he can still contribute on third downs, and give a starter a breather from time to time. With that being said, he probably will not even get an opportunity.

  29. citiciti says: Jul 26, 2011 3:43 PM

    FARVE says:What about ME!!!!!

  30. granadafan says: Jul 26, 2011 3:49 PM

    Lying liar agent

  31. piemasteruk says: Jul 26, 2011 3:50 PM

    Tiki and Plaxico both have the same fundamental problem. They both have had good (but not stellar) NFL careers thus far and both feel they have a lot left to give and can still play at a high level. However, from the teams’ point of view, they are both getting old, have been out of the game for a couple of years and have significant character concerns. There is no guarantee that either of them will still have the ability and/or motivation to perform at the level they did before they left the game.

    So this leaves a bit of a mismatch of expectations. Plax and Tiki both feel they should generate a lot of interest and have the luxury of picking the team they want to play for. But the reality is that the teams thay they want to play for may very well not want them. In fact, it is struggling teams that are more likely to want to take a flier. They may also have to face a reality check with regard to salary – they will feel entitled to a lot more than teams will be willing to give.

    I think the compromise will be that they will both get short incentive-laden deals with little guaranteed money from ‘trendy’ but needy franchises like the Cowboys or Vikings

  32. gregjennings85 says: Jul 26, 2011 4:03 PM

    Report: NFL still not interested in Tiki Barber.

  33. pizzon says: Jul 26, 2011 4:13 PM

    how is shooting oneself in the leg a character flaw?

  34. voiceofrealism says: Jul 26, 2011 4:16 PM

    citiciti says:
    Jul 26, 2011 3:43 PM
    FARVE says:What about ME!!!!!
    —————————
    Yes, let’s hear more about the John Daly of the
    NFL.

  35. jackblackshairyback says: Jul 26, 2011 4:18 PM

    In other breaking news, JFK SINKS THE TITANIC WITH THE HINDENBURG ON THE MOON!!!

  36. greglloydrules says: Jul 26, 2011 4:27 PM

    He’s not gonna play anyway…Steelers don’t need him and i don’t see why any other team except for the Seahawks want him

  37. thetooloftools says: Jul 26, 2011 4:28 PM

    Tiki, I hope you threw out the matches you burned all those bridges with.
    It’s a little late to want to “play nice” now.

  38. polishrod says: Jul 26, 2011 4:59 PM

    What team wants this guy in their locker room for even a few weeks?

    The day he gets cut, it’s almost assumed he would go out and write an article or do a “Super Exclusive” interview about any skeleton in the closet that will make him a buck. The guy talked trash about his former team… THE YEAR THEY WON THE SUPER BOWL!!

    With that said, I hope the Cowboys sign him to be the lead back for $10+MM/year

  39. blackngold4life says: Jul 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    IF PITTS OLINE DOSENT DO A BETTER JOB..IT WONT MATTER WHO THEY PICK UP..WE DO NEED ANOTHER RB SPECIALLY ON 3RD DOWN AND GOAL LINE SITUATIONS.. HMMMM BRANDON JACOBS WUD FIT NICE..

  40. blackgolddomination says: Jul 27, 2011 5:00 PM

    Whew! I heard the rumors and I was starting to sweat it… glad to hear the Steelers are still the Steelers.

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