Ronde Barber unsure about retirement

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Bucs mainstay Ronde Barber is uncertain if he’ll return to the team for a 16th season at the age of 36. It sounds like he’s open to the possibility.

“Things have to play themselves out like they did last year,” Barber said via Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “We’ll have a meeting of the minds like we did last year and if I fit in, we’ll go from there. . . . It means, I don’t know. I don’t know is the best I can tell you. It could be either [outcome].”

Deciding whether to retain Barber could be a tough choice for new coach Greg Schiano. It sounds like Barber is open to returning and he sets a great example for the team. Still, Barber’s level of play fell off quite a bit in 2011.

He’s not a starting-caliber player right now and would possibly have to slide into a reserve role to stick around.

18 responses to “Ronde Barber unsure about retirement

  1. Not sure where you get your player reviews but Barber was the Bucs’ best corner last year, regardless of age. His play did NOT fall off and if Talib’s trial goes badly, Barber will be the best of a lot that includes E.J. (Toast) Biggars and Myron (Help!) Lewis. Mo Clairborne is looking good at #5!!!

  2. If Ronde comes back somebody better do a ID check or DNA on him. I can see TiKi trying to pass as him to play one more year. I’m not putting anything pass that guy. Going from media wonderboy to doing some blog in his in laws basement makes him desperate. 🙂

  3. As a Cowboys fan……”Jerruh” should sign this guy for 1-year and get him to teach the rest of the secondary how to actually play corner.

    But of course, we’re talking about the GM with 1-playoff win in 16 years and the same guy who had 50 concussions…….

  4. To those that are saying Rondes play didn’t drop off, maybe you should watch the games before commenting.

    I’ve never seen him play as slow as he did in 2011 (he wasn’t the fastest guy to begin with) and he led all CBs in the league for missed tackles (tackling was one of his strengths in years past) with 22 and no other CB came within 5 of that.

    Ronde may be a Bucs legend that deserves all the love/respect the fans give him but based on last season he’s clearly done as a starting calibre CB.

  5. If Ronde comes back somebody better do a ID check or DNA on him. I can see TiKi trying to pass as him to play one more year. I’m not putting anything pass that guy. Going from media wonderboy to doing some blog in his in laws basement makes him desperate.

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    Tiki would be flabbergasted if their DNA was different. They are identical twins so DNA is the exact same. Finger prints on the other hand

  6. Since he’ll very likely never make as much money as he does now, if he’s feeling healthy and still plays competitively, he’d be shortsighted (like his brother) to walk away.

  7. It’s hard to have a great year when all players around you are just bad.

    Barber was the second best defensive player for the bucs behind Clayborn, he has a strong IQ Football, at least he will be a very good Nickelback which is almost a starter post against nowadays offense.

  8. duanethomas says:
    Feb 12, 2012 12:45 PM
    If Ronde comes back somebody better do a ID check or DNA on him. I can see TiKi trying to pass as him to play one more year.

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    It’s easy to tell the difference between Ronde and Tiki. Tiki is the flabbergasted one.

  9. I’d love for Ronde to come back for another season but lets be real. The Bucs arent going to win another championship anytime soon. I’d rather see him go to a contender and come in and play the slot.
    He’s still got some juice left. Does anybody remember the performance against jimmy graham in the first game? When peyton signs with the texans don’t be suprised if ronde goes there as well.

  10. Was just wondering how long it would be until one of you bozos said something about Tiki being flabbergasted.
    Aside from the fact that he never used that word it just isn’t funny anymore. It never really was.

  11. I dunno- saw quite a few bucs games in 2011 and Ronde seemed to jump out of the TV screen to me.

    He was in on most plays, breaking up lots of passes, and generally being a nuisance for the opposing offense- lookin like he was 26, not 36.

    RESPECT.

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