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No deadline for Ronde Barber to make up his mind on 2013

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The Buccaneers got together to start offseason workouts on Monday without a longtime member of the franchise.

Ronde Barber has yet to decide whether or not he wants to return for a 17th season with the Buccaneers. Tampa has told him that he has a spot on the team if he wants to continue his consecutive games played streak past 240 games, which is good for seventh place all-time while playing one more full season would leave him in fourth place on that list.

Coach Greg Schiano said that the team has no deadline to hear from Barber at present, although he opened up the possibility that they’d need to impose one down the road. For now, though, they’re just staying in contact with one of the faces of the franchise.

“He’s not under contract, so, no, he was not here,” Schiano said, via Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “We’ve been in communication, but there’s no developments, and that’s fine. That’s the way we kind of left it. We just continue to keep in communication. There’s certainly no silence or anything. I just think it’s the process of figuring it out.”

If Barber does return, he’s likely to see far less playing time than he’s seen throughout his career. Dashon Goldson has joined Mark Barron at safety and the Bucs remain the likeliest landing spot for Jets CB Darrelle Revis in a trade, which would leave Barber to play exclusively in sub packages for the first time in a very long time in Tampa.

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7 Responses to “No deadline for Ronde Barber to make up his mind on 2013”
  1. trojan33sc says: Apr 16, 2013 11:16 AM

    If he’s too burnt out to play, he can allow Tiki to substitute for him ! :o)

  2. houseofbacon says: Apr 16, 2013 11:45 AM

    Glad to see they’re being respectful towards a future hall of famer.

  3. fishfiletkray says: Apr 16, 2013 12:23 PM

    One of the greatest bucs of all time and eventual Hall of Famer. I think he deserves to take as much time as he pleases.

  4. goodguyattorney says: Apr 16, 2013 12:49 PM

    As the longest tenured non-kicker in the league, one of the greatest players in team history and future HOF member, Ronde is rightfully being given the time to decide. His leadership alone is worth a roster spot.

  5. justafanofitall says: Apr 16, 2013 1:15 PM

    And we all gave Favre a hard time when he couldn’t make up his mind. Barber just doesn’t want to go through off season workouts like all the veterans. He’ll come back the end of July when training camp comes around. Just saying….

  6. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Apr 16, 2013 2:40 PM

    Forget that. He needs to make a decision. I love the guy as much as any other Bucs fan, but he’s starting to look a little selfish. No one will fault him for calling it quits, but figure it out already.

  7. melkipershero says: Apr 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    And we all gave Favre a hard time when he couldn’t make up his mind. Barber just doesn’t want to go through off season workouts like all the veterans. He’ll come back the end of July when training camp comes around. Just saying….

    No we gave Favre a hard time because he did this for 3-4 years. Not to mention retired twice (I think) and came back.

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