Plaxico thinks NFL teams are “crazy” not to sign Tiki

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Former Giants teammates Plaxico Burress and Tiki Barber both tried to get back into the NFL after long absences this season. Burress was welcomed back with open arms and signed with the Jets. Barber was largely ignored and has been described as devastated and flabbergasted that no one will sign him.

It turns out that Burress is flabbergasted that no one will sign Barber, too.

“It’s crazy,” Burress told the New York Post of Barber’s failure to find a team. “He’s better than half the backs in the league.”

It’s true that when Barber and Burress last played together — in 2006 — Barber was better than half the backs in the league. You could make a case that Barber, who topped 2,000 yards from scrimmage in each of his last three seasons, was better than all the other backs in the league. But it’s 2011 now, and the idea that Barber, at age 36, is still better than half the backs in the league is farfetched.

Still, Burress holds out hope for his old teammate.

“I’m very surprised he’s not on somebody’s roster,” Burress said. “But it’s just Week 4. Maybe somebody will call him.”

That’s doubtful. The Dolphins called him in for a workout, and after getting a look at Barber declined to bring him into training camp. And no other team has even gone so far as to kick the tires on Tiki. If any NFL team believed Burress might be right that Barber is better than half the backs in the league right now, Barber would be in the league right now.

55 responses to “Plaxico thinks NFL teams are “crazy” not to sign Tiki

  1. Has Tiki even gotten any workouts? You know your time is up when Larry Johnson is getting workouts before you.

  2. sure Plax (but pronounced “Plex”) , THEY’RE the ones who are crazy (everyone else goes to jail for shooting themselves too)

  3. The Dolphins decided that they preferred Larry Johnson and Steve Slaton over Tiki. That tells you all you need to know.

  4. The “Plaxico shot himself, hee hee” jokes got old about three months ago.

    I know as well as anyone that Tiki’s got a big mouth, but he also had 2000 yards from scrimmage the last season he touched a football, and he left on his own, not because of a torn ACL or anything like that. There probably IS a team out there that can use him.

    The problem is, when you haven’t played serious football for three years, you’re much more likely to come back and really tear or break something, and then a team’s on the hook for your whole salary, pretty much, for the remainder of the season. Not to mention, there’s probably younger talent on literally every roster that coaching staffs want to develop.

    Aside from maybe an occasional third-down run here and there for the rest of the year, there’s just not much upside here for Tiki, and after the stir he caused when he left the Giants, I think NFL teams just don’t see a reward worth the risk.

  5. The way Shonn Greene has been running the ball lately, Tiki wouldn’t be a bad option for the Jets.

  6. This is strictly a personality issue.

    People just don’t like Tiki Barber. I know it was a long time ago that he was great, but I refuse to believe he doesn’t even warrant a try out anywhere.

    It doesn’t cost the team anything, and if he sticks you wouldn’t have to pay him much.

    People don’t like the way he left and in the very short time he was in broadcasting, probably said something critical about their team.

    Now that he’s been dealt a healthy dose of humble pie, he may be worth a shot.

  7. Yeah, every team needs a washed up, old RB, that causes problems in the locker room. What could all those coaches possibly be thinking?

  8. What’s craziest is that plax got a job before randy moss and Terrell Owens at age 35 fresh out of a 2big year prison sentence

  9. Heard coming from Tiki’s Agent’s office after “Plex’s” comments…………….”NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

  10. The Dolphins called him in as a favor to the agent in an effort to drum up interest. There was never an intent to even consider signing him.

    Tiki is a risk, but a low-cost risk. I would take him for depth and see if he can produce. Tampa would be the perfect place for him…and he wants to go there.

  11. and Plax thinks he is better than half the WR’s in the game today and if you don’t believe him, just ask Rex!!

  12. As bad as my Broncos are doing in their running game, hell, give us Tiki, Moss, T. O., & any other old player that might have one more burst of energy left! I looked forward to the season starting, and just 3 weeks in, it’s painfully obvious that we can’t run the ball! Come to think of it, as many mistakes as Orton is making, I ain’t sure he can hand the ball to Tiki.

  13. Are we all in agreement that “better than half the backs in the league” includes Shonn Greene and LaDanian Tomlinson?

  14. My problem is the fact that there is even one person out there who would even remotely defend Tiki Barber. The man blatantly cheated on his wife when she was nine months pregnant with his children (twins). He completely sold out and bashed teammates and you think he deserves a look? Some of you people really are crazy. Tiki could do everyone a favor by just throwing his cheating, backstabbing butt in the mouth of a volcano. And as for Plaxico………common sense is something not associated with him!

  15. Does he realize the amount of sht every married man from the CEO/Owner to the Coaches, to the Scouts, to the Marketing Department, to the guy selling concession will hear (deservedly so) from his wife if his team signs Tiki. It would never end.

    I can’t even imagine how much vitriol my wife would spit at me on game days if we signed him. Please Tiki don’t go away mad, just go away.

  16. @totallyuselessme
    The “Plaxico shot himself, hee hee” jokes got old about three months ago.

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    WRONG! The Plax shot himself in the leg Joke, will NEVER get old.
    Just like the Rex Ryan loves to suck toecheese jokes will also; NEVER. GET. OLD.

  17. Sounds like Tiki is one step away from moving back in with his parents like Chris McAllister. Better idea move in with your brother and get a reality show, wait that won’t work either Tiki…at least on NBC.

  18. Tiki is a joke and doesn’t deserve or warrant a second chance. He is a 36 year old running back who hasn’t played in 4 years. He’s not wanting to come back for the love of the game only becasue he is broke and will need to step up his child support payments becasue his is a Piece of crap who left his pregnant wife.

  19. Besides the fact that Barber hasn’t play professional football in the past 4 seasons, there is also the issue of the minimum salary he would command under the new collective bargaining agreement. Veterans with his level of experience are entitled to a minimum salary in excess of $1 Million. That’s a lot of money for a 36 year old who hasn’t played since 2006.

  20. A rebuttal head line should be:

    NFL Fans Think Plaxico Crazy For Shooting Himself In Leg With A Loaded Pistol While Wearing Sweatpants In A Club

    I’ll respect his opinion when he can prove he knows how to NOT shoot himself.

  21. rexryanstoecheese says:
    Sep 30, 2011 10:34 AM
    @totallyuselessme
    The “Plaxico shot himself, hee hee” jokes got old about three months ago.

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    WRONG! The Plax shot himself in the leg Joke, will NEVER get old.
    Just like the Rex Ryan loves to suck toecheese jokes will also; NEVER. GET. OLD.

    ==============================

    Typical comments by a pubescent poster that knows nothing about football. I bet you also giggle when you fart, right?
    Now get your slacker butt back to gym class before you end up with detention!

  22. Mark my words. There will be an unexpected team in the playoff race come December who desperately needs a RB and who won’t trust a green rookie. Tiki will get a call and, dollars to doughnuts, he will gain meaningful yards.

    I’d love to know whether GB would have considered him last year when all of their RBs went down and they were giving carries away to grocery store baggers.

  23. ““He’s better than half the backs in the league.” Buress said.

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    Calm down guys, Plax is obviously talking about the prison league.

  24. “Has Tiki even gotten any workouts? You know your time is up when Larry Johnson is getting workouts before you.”

    Wow. I think you just put Tiki on suicide watch with that one. Talk about insult to injury. You’re 100% right though.

  25. Plax says:”Someone should sign Tiki, and everyone should carry a loaded gun in the band of their sweatpants, when they go to the bar.”

  26. wtfserioulsysay:

    Sep 30, 2011 12:12 PM
    rexryanstoecheese says:
    Sep 30, 2011 10:34 AM
    @totallyuselessme
    The “Plaxico shot himself, hee hee” jokes got old about three months ago.

    *****************************************

    WRONG! The Plax shot himself in the leg Joke, will NEVER get old.
    Just like the Rex Ryan loves to suck toecheese jokes will also; NEVER. GET. OLD.

    ==============================

    Typical comments by a pubescent poster that knows nothing about football. I bet you also giggle when you fart, right?
    Now get your slacker butt back to gym class before you end up with detention!

    ******************************************

    It’s y clear your “guess” about who wrote this is WAY off.
    I think its “funny” that grown men making way more $ than they’ll ever need post twisted, perverted role-playing videos of themselves and their wives playing footsy on the internet and his bone-headed “professional” athlete WR didn’t have the wherewithall to holster or put a safety on a loaded firearm in a crowded night-club where one of hundreds of innocent people could have taken the bullet that jackass plax fired into his leg.

    Funny in a “what a couple of F*#@ing ridiculously stupid people” way.
    Not Funny and a “ha ha” pre-pubescent way.

    So, YES, they should continue to be ridiculed for their enormous ignorance

  27. Actually, I can see why Plaxico is saying this. It’s because Shonn Greene sucks!!!

    At least LT can catch out of the backfield in an effective way!!!

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