Ronde Barber will return for 16th year with Buccaneers

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Ronde Barber is coming back.

Barber, the Buccaneers cornerback who had been mulling retirement, has decided that he will return for his 16th season in Tampa Bay, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.

Although Barber will turn 37 in a couple weeks and isn’t the same player he once was, the Bucs’ coaching staff and front office made clear that they wanted his veteran presence back as part of a young secondary that may get younger if the Bucs — as many expect them to — use the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft on LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne.

Barber started all 16 games last season, the 12th consecutive season he’s done so, and he has the longest active streak of consecutive starts in the NFL, starting 199 games in a row.

36 responses to “Ronde Barber will return for 16th year with Buccaneers

  1. Barber and Claiborne will hold down the Bucs secondary next year while Talib holds down the secondary for the Mean Machine. Everybody wins.

  2. HOF. No argument, if he played in a big market it would be 1st ballot no question. Sapp, Brooks, Barber, Lynch. HOF.

  3. Over / under on number of comments that contain some sort of Tiki/flabbergasted reference?

  4. Class act and good move by management. Always good to have a vetran like him to school the new kids.

  5. Ronde should be considered for the hall of fame whenever he becomes eligible. He was one of the best corners in the NFL when the Buccaneers won their title, is a TD scoring machine when he gets the ball, and he’s the only player ever to have 40+ sacks and 40+ INTs in his career (might need to be fact checked).

  6. Yeah, he’s Favre without all of those records and accomplishments and hall of fame career. Besides that, he’s exactly like Favre.

  7. he’s the only player ever to have 40+ sacks and 40+ INTs in his career (might need to be fact checked)

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    My bad he only has 27 career sacks. Still only corner to have numbers like this though

  8. bearsstillsuck says:
    Mar 21, 2012 5:57 PM
    Yeah, he’s Favre without all of those records and accomplishments and hall of fame career. Besides that, he’s exactly like Favre.

    -and don’t forget without the dick pics sent while he was married, the sexual harrassment allegations… . Besides that, he’s exactly like Favre.

  9. If Tampa takes Claiborne. he better ask the Bucs to room him with Ronde. As much as I hate Ronde for ripping my heart in 02, he’s still got it and will be in the HOF when he decides to retire. Too bad Tiki doesn’t have the same class as Ronde.

  10. Couldn’t think of a better locker room influence and mentor to the young secondary. I’m glad he decided to return, and he makes me proud to be a Bucs fan. Now, let’s get a solid middle LB, draft Claiborne, and start on the road to return!

  11. The INT he picked against Donny McFatt & the Eagles in the NFC Championship still gives me chills. It was at that moment I knew we were going to win the Super Bowl that year

  12. ralzdmann says: Mar 21, 2012 6:24 PM

    The INT he picked against Donny McFatt & the Eagles in the NFC Championship still gives me chills. It was at that moment I knew we were going to win the Super Bowl that year

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    This. I remember being so nervous the whole week prior to this game. The Bucs had no luck in cold weather games (they did win their first ever cold weather game at the Bears in the finale that year, QBed by Henry Burris — lol remember him Bears fans?) When Barber made the pic I lost my voice yelling for him to score. Not a Buc Fan but wanted to see those guys win one.

  13. Now he’s a guaranteed Hall of Famer since he stayed loyal. At least one of the twins could take the punishment. A tiny guy like Ronde having to hit big fullbacks and linemen is probably more of a punishment than Tiki at running back.

  14. Morris Claiborne is a heckuva defensive back who should have a great career in the NFL. It would be terrific if he could have a season being mentored by a veteran of Barber’s caliber. Win-win for the Bucs.

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