Ronde Barber hasn’t decided whether to play in 2013 or retire. And he doesn’t plan to decide any time soon.
Barber said in an interview with Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network that he is going to take his time and think everything over before he decides whether to return for a 17th season with the Buccaneers at age 38, or to retire from the NFL. Barber added that the Buccaneers have already told him he’s welcome back but he’s free to decide about a comeback on his own schedule.
“I have not made a decision yet. They’ve allowed me to not rush the decision, so I’m not going to rush it,” Barber said.
Barber said he doesn’t see any way he would play for any team other than the Buccaneers, and he also said that if he does come back, he understands that the arrival of free agent safety Dashon Goldson would probably mean Barber would get less playing time. Barber said that if he does return to the Bucs, he can live with being a backup.
Ultimately, Barber said, his decision will come down to a “gut feeling.” And his gut hasn’t decided yet.