The Buccaneers waited until March this year to find out that Ronde Barber would return for a 16th season as part of their defense and it sounds like they’ll have another extended wait to find out if he’ll make it 17 years in Tampa.
Barber said after Sunday’s victory over the Falcons that he will take a couple of months to consider his options before making a decision about returning for the 2013 season. If he does decide to hang up the cleats, he said he’s got no regrets about the way he’s going out.
“If it is (the last game), it is,” Barber said Sunday. “I’ve always been all right with that. I’ve never been shy of saying I’m proud of what I put on the field, and today was no different.”
Moving to safety worked out well for Barber, who is tied with London Fletcher for the fourth-longest consecutive games played streak in history, as the 37-year-old turned in another year of strong play in a career that will almost certainly land him in Canton whenever he does decide to stop playing. Barber is a free agent, although it’s hard to imagine that he’d be playing anywhere but Tampa if he does decide to come back for another year.