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mesaSteeler
03-10-2011, 10:15 AM
Barber could sign with Steelers

By PAUL SCHWARTZ

Last Updated: 10:05 AM, March 10, 2011

Posted: 2:47 AM, March 10, 2011

EXCLUSIVE

A surprise team with no ties to Tiki Barber has emerged as a possible landing spot for the soon-to-be no-longer-retired running back who is attempting to defy the odds with a comeback after missing four full NFL seasons.

There could be something down the line with Barber and the Steelers, according to two sources who stated that Barber would certainly be interested in restarting his career in Pittsburgh, playing for a player-friendly head coach in Mike Tomlin and a franchise that annually is a Super Bowl contender. (Must be the same "sources" that said Dick LeBeau was going to the Arizona Turdnials as DC. - mesa)

The Giants cannot officially remove Barber from their reserve/retired list until there is a new collective bargaining agreement. The Giants, though, are not going to impede Barber's attempt to find a new team and are likely to give permission to Barber and his agent, Mark Lepselter, to start the process of drumming up interest -- without any tampering fears by other teams -- while the CBA negotiations are ongoing.

Asked if he has had any negotiations with the Steelers, Lepselter yesterday told The Post that would be "factually incorrect" and added he has not spoken to any teams about Barber.

Lepselter said, "We remain confident" there will be interest in Barber, who has been working out for more than two weeks, turns 36 next month and hasn't played in the NFL since 2006.

"Tiki wishes the Giants the best and they have wished him the same," Lepselter said. "In light of the fact that they will not be retaining his rights, and have stated such publically, we are hoping that we can begin speaking with other teams as soon as possible." Though they have a dynamic quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers love to run the ball and at running back have Rashard Mendenhall as the starter and Mewelde Moore and Isaac Redman in reserve. Barber is not expecting a full-time role with a new team.

It was another day in the gym for Barber, who yesterday morning arrived at Carini's House of Iron in Pine Brook, N.J., accompanied by his girlfriend, Traci Johnson, and two small dogs. -- Perry Chiaramonte contributed to this story.

(Why would the Steelers would be interested in an ancient and expensive running back? - mesa)

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/tiki_mulls_pitt_stop_OAOqUObX0EIQMFKMM170YM#ixzz1G DJxiHFb

SteelCityMom
03-10-2011, 10:23 AM
I doubt that they are...and it would be a huge mistake if they even thought about it for a second.

Dude's washed up and just looking for a payday.

mesaSteeler
03-10-2011, 10:25 AM
I doubt that they are...and it would be a huge mistake if they even thought about it for a second.

Dude's washed up and just looking for a payday.

Agree. He should try for the Redskins or the Cardinals since they are known for making stupid player personnel decisions.

SoCalFan
03-10-2011, 10:36 AM
I agree with SCMom,also looking for a ring!When I read the title I thought of his brother but come on,get real!

SteelCityMom
03-10-2011, 10:37 AM
Agree. He should try for the Redskins or the Cardinals since they are known for making stupid player personnel decisions.

I wouldn't be surprised if Skeletor, I mean Al Davis, gave him a shot either. :chuckle:

mesaSteeler
03-10-2011, 11:36 AM
What's behind Tiki's long-shot comeback? Pay day
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/14793618/whats-behind-tikis-longshot-comeback-pay-day
By Clark Judge
CBSSports.com Senior Writer
March 9, 2011Tell Clark your opinion!

Sorry, but I don't believe Tiki Barber is coming out of retirement because he misses the game, wants to play with his twin brother or has unfinished business to complete. Nope, I believe he's coming out of retirement for something more basic.

Something like money.

It's no secret that Barber is going through a messy and expensive divorce and will have payments to make on four children -- including 10-month-old twins. It's also no secret that a once promising career in broadcasting has gone south, with NBC bailing on someone it once considered a rising star.

Twins Ronde (left) and Tiki Barber might finally get a chance to play together in Tampa Bay. (Getty Images)
Twins Ronde (left) and Tiki Barber might finally get a chance to play together in Tampa Bay. (Getty Images)
Put the two together, and what do you have? Right. Someone who needs to start cashing checks.

Now, let's make something clear: It's not as if Barber is destitute. He made plenty of money while starring for the New York Giants, and he was doing OK as an aspiring reporter for NBC. But that was four years ago, and in four years a lot has changed with Barber -- notably, his reputation.

Once considered one of the most popular and articulate of New York's sports celebrities, Barber has fallen so far so fast that when former Giants were honored last season during the team's Ring of Honor ceremony he was booed. Fans remembered his criticisms of coach Tom Coughlin. They remembered his criticisms of quarterback Eli Manning. And they probably remembered his personal travails, with news of Barber's relationship with a former NBC intern breaking while his then-wife, Ginny, was pregnant with twins.

What they didn't remember was that he was one of the best and most reliable backs in Giants history, saving Coughlin's job when the Giants absolutely, positively had to win the 2006 season finale. All Barber did that evening was run for a franchise-record 234 yards and score three times -- including two runs of 50 or more yards each -- as the Giants qualified for the playoffs.

That was the last time we saw him on the football field, with Barber retiring after the Giants' 23-20 playoff loss to Philadelphia. He left too soon, but give the guy credit -- he left while he was on top, and his body was intact.

Now, of course, he wants to come back because he says that seeing his twin brother Ronde excel in Tampa Bay "reignited the fire," but I'm not buying it. I'm sure that Barber misses the game, but I'm also sure he misses the game's checks more, and players with Barber's experience make a minimum of $820,000 annually under the current collective bargaining agreement.

Look, Tiki Barber knows what you and I know, which is that 36-year-old running backs out of football for four years have little or no shot at making an impact in the NFL. I know Marcus Allen ran for 830 yards at 36, but he wasn't shaking off four years of rust. And while people contend that Barber has been working out and is in marvelous condition, he also turns 36 next month, hasn't taken a hit since the 2006 season and didn't exactly enamor himself to his former team when he was playing.

In fact, the Giants couldn't respond quickly enough after Barber announced his plans, saying they would relinquish his rights the moment there's a new CBA.

Barber's agent contends there are "interested parties" waiting on the former star running back, and I'm sure there are. But there were "interested parties" waiting on defensive end Andre Wadsworth, too, after he missed five seasons. He was 32 then, and he was in great shape, too. And he didn't make it.

I don't know what the future holds for Tiki Barber, but I do know there are diminishing returns for the game's top backs once they hit 30. Of course, Barber doesn't have to be a top back. He just has to be good enough to be useful to someone, and maybe, just maybe, he can be effective as a third-down specialist -- provided he has some of the juice left from 2006.

But that was a long time ago, and call me skeptical. Third-down backs have bursts or explosion to make defenders miss, and Tiki Barber didn't get faster or quicker with age.

"There's absolutely no market for him," said one general manager, "so you have to ask yourself what this is all about. The guy left football before he was ready. He had a broadcasting career that went down the drain. He screwed up his marriage. He lost money. He misses the fame and glory. He's fallen from grace.

"So he looked around, found the NFL and said, 'Why not give it a go?' And my response would be: 'Right. So give it a go in Canada or the Arena League for a year, and we'll see what you have left.' This is sad. If I had Tiki Barber and Herschel Walker standing in front of me right now, I'd take Herschel."

Nevertheless, all it takes is one team to give him a shot, and the smart money is on Tampa Bay. Barber always has wanted to play alongside his brother, with the two being extraordinarily close, and the Bucs could use another veteran to help mentor LeGarrette Blount.

It makes too much sense not to happen. I mean, Barber was an impact player when he was last on the field, and it never hurts to have Ronde Barber in your corner in Tampa Bay. That I get. What I don't understand is why we're trying to figure out why Barber would want to return to pro football at an age when most guys are moving on with their next career. So try this: Because Tiki Barber doesn't have a next career.

When he played he always struck me as someone who was sharp, confident and equipped to achieve more after he left pro football. And he tried. But he failed. So now he's going back to what he does best because, in the end, maybe being a football player is who Tiki Barber is. Nothing more. Nothing less. Just a player who needs the checks to pay the mortgage and the alimony.

And that's OK. But let's just be honest about it.

Fire Arians
03-10-2011, 11:50 AM
why dont we sign erric pegram instead?

CargoJon
03-10-2011, 11:53 AM
I hears on Sirius that the quote was Tiki "would like to play for the Steelers."

Who wouldn't??

Keep dreaming, Tiki

Merchant
03-10-2011, 11:57 AM
lol not happening.. sorry Tiki :P

mesaSteeler
03-10-2011, 11:58 AM
why dont we sign erric pegram instead?

How about fast Wille P? He probably has as much left as Tiki does.

steelax04
03-10-2011, 12:27 PM
So two sources said Tiki was interested in the Steelers (not the other way around) and all of a sudden "Something could be coming down the line?"

Sounds like a reporter trying to stir something up to get readers.

Buddha Bus
03-10-2011, 01:32 PM
He's a locker room cancer. We don't need him and this is probably a non-story anyway. Seems highly unlikely to me. :coffee:

mesaSteeler
03-10-2011, 01:38 PM
So two sources said Tiki was interested in the Steelers (not the other way around) and all of a sudden "Something could be coming down the line?"

Sounds like a reporter trying to stir something up to get readers.

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! :hatsoff::applaudit:

mesaSteeler
03-10-2011, 01:42 PM
Thoughts on Steelers, Tiki Barber
March, 10, 2011
Mar 10
1:00
PM ET
http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/25545/thoughts-on-steelers-tiki-barber
By James Walker

The New York Post reports the Pittsburgh Steelers could be an emerging candidate for free-agent running back Tiki Barber.

Although stranger things have happened, I don't see this one becoming a reality.

The Steelers have enough aging veterans on their roster, and Barber will be 36 in April. In other words, he's nearly as old as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, 38.

Pittsburgh's running game is fine. Rashard Mendenhall has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and up-and-coming running back Isaac Redman has emerged as a valuable backup.

The only role Barber could fit in Pittsburgh is catching out of the backfield on third down. Mewelde Moore is a pending free agent and may not return, but the Steelers could look for younger and/or cheaper alternatives than Barber to fill a limited role.

In my opinion, this sounds more like Barber wanting to join a contending team in Pittsburgh. If Barber could play cornerback, he would probably have a better chance.

steelerchad
03-10-2011, 02:01 PM
How about fast Wille P? He probably has as much left as Tiki does.

No kidding. I'd probably rather have fast Willie back than Tiki. Although he's probably more like "used to be fast" Willie.

Buddha Bus
03-10-2011, 02:50 PM
Maybe we can coax Jeff George out of retirement to shore up our backup QB issue as well. [*insert sarcasm smiley here*]

mesaSteeler
03-10-2011, 05:20 PM
NFL from the sidelines
http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/
After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop. Dale can also be heard on Tuesday nights throughout the season from 7 to 9 p.m. on WBGG 970-AM.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Barber to the Steelers? Come on man!

The New York Post today has stated that the Steelers are a possible landing spot for Tiki Barber now that he has started the process of ending his retirement.

I don't think there's any way that happens.

I could be wrong, but I don't see the Steelers being interested in a 35-year-old guy who hasn't played a down of football in several years and who's only coming back because he needs the money once his TV gigs dried up.

It just doesn't make sense.

Yes, I know that Mewelde Moore is an unrestricted free agent, but that doesn't mean the Steelers are going to look to get older and do so with a player who's clearly in it for the money.

The Steelers are looking to get younger, not older.

harrison'samonster
03-10-2011, 05:56 PM
I'll bet Arians is trying to get Tiki on his offense. Maybe he can be used as a full-back.

stb_steeler
03-10-2011, 06:36 PM
I heard this guy's comin back.......:blah:
http://i836.photobucket.com/albums/zz286/mdelarosa521/bus.jpg

PhantomJB93
03-10-2011, 07:30 PM
I heard this guy's comin back.......:blah:
http://i836.photobucket.com/albums/zz286/mdelarosa521/bus.jpg

If we're choosing from running backs who retired several years ago I'd bring back Jerome over Tiki any day:thumbsup:

Corey_J
03-10-2011, 07:43 PM
Funny thing is ..........the year AFTER he retired the giants won the superbowl ! LOL Washed up.... Were better finding Fuamatu Mafala ..........lmao

Steelboy84
03-10-2011, 07:45 PM
why dont we sign erric pegram instead?

Or a CB.

vindrow
03-10-2011, 07:47 PM
Well, he may like the Steelers, but they don't like him:


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/10/steelers-dont-share-tiki-barbers-interest/

Riddle_Of_Steel
03-10-2011, 07:53 PM
WHY IN THE UNIVERSE, would the Steelers be even remotely interested in a washed-up, geriatric runningback when we have a proven stud in Mendenhall and workhorse backup in Redman?

btaylor179
03-10-2011, 08:06 PM
no way no how

wootawnee
03-10-2011, 08:57 PM
Screw him............He thrashed th gmen when he left.....The dude is classless........Not Steeler material.......I'll run Redman all day before I would bring that egotistical bum in my locker room.......:thmbdown:

Rick5895
03-11-2011, 05:28 AM
I would rather see Dwyer get the opportunity rather than Barber, and hopefully they let Moore go.

Atlanta Dan
03-11-2011, 06:59 AM
Gerry Dulac from the P-G does not dismuiss the possibility (Ed. B. said on Thursday there is no way Barber gets a look by the Steelers)

Could former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, who is considering a comeback, end up with the Steelers?

A story in the New York Post said Thursday that Barber, who has been out of football for four years, could re-start his career with the Steelers because he is interested in playing for a successful franchise and a player-friendly coach such as Mike Tomlin. The paper cited two sources in the story.

The possibility may not be that far-fetched.

According to a Steelers source, Tomlin is good friends with Barber and his twin brother, Ronde, a cornerback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who played for Tomlin when he was the Buccaneers' secondary coach from 2001-05. Signing Barber might be a possibility, the source said, if Mewelde Moore leaves the team in free agency. Moore, the team's third-down back, is an unrestricted free agent.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11070/1131141-66.stm

Tiki Barber is a locker room cancer and the Steelers need to get younger - I cannot believe the Steelers would have the slightest interest in this jerk

steelax04
03-11-2011, 08:22 AM
Gerry Dulac from the P-G does not dismuiss the possibility (Ed. B. said on Thursday there is no way Barber gets a look by the Steelers)

Could former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, who is considering a comeback, end up with the Steelers?

A story in the New York Post said Thursday that Barber, who has been out of football for four years, could re-start his career with the Steelers because he is interested in playing for a successful franchise and a player-friendly coach such as Mike Tomlin. The paper cited two sources in the story.

The possibility may not be that far-fetched.

According to a Steelers source, Tomlin is good friends with Barber and his twin brother, Ronde, a cornerback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who played for Tomlin when he was the Buccaneers' secondary coach from 2001-05. Signing Barber might be a possibility, the source said, if Mewelde Moore leaves the team in free agency. Moore, the team's third-down back, is an unrestricted free agent.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11070/1131141-66.stm

Tiki Barber is a locker room cancer and the Steelers need to get younger - I cannot believe the Steelers would have the slightest interest in this jerk


This is somebody who just wants to have the 'scoop.' So far the only things linking the Steelers and Tiki have been... Two 'sources' that say Tiki has interest in the Steelers and some reporter saying Tomlin and Tiki are friends.

stb_steeler
03-11-2011, 07:25 PM
Gerry Dulac from the P-G does not dismuiss the possibility (Ed. B. said on Thursday there is no way Barber gets a look by the Steelers)

Could former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, who is considering a comeback, end up with the Steelers?

A story in the New York Post said Thursday that Barber, who has been out of football for four years, could re-start his career with the Steelers because he is interested in playing for a successful franchise and a player-friendly coach such as Mike Tomlin. The paper cited two sources in the story.

The possibility may not be that far-fetched.

According to a Steelers source, Tomlin is good friends with Barber and his twin brother, Ronde, a cornerback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who played for Tomlin when he was the Buccaneers' secondary coach from 2001-05. Signing Barber might be a possibility, the source said, if Mewelde Moore leaves the team in free agency. Moore, the team's third-down back, is an unrestricted free agent.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11070/1131141-66.stm

Tiki Barber is a locker room cancer and the Steelers need to get younger - I cannot believe the Steelers would have the slightest interest in this jerk

I just watched a segment on NFL Net about the aging Steeler D......i dont think the Steelers looking to add age to the mix.

stiller39
03-14-2011, 03:59 PM
OMG! Why would we or any team what a 36 year old, 4 years removed from the game, running back? Steelers are smoking that Tokio Holmes stuff.

BigRick
03-14-2011, 05:39 PM
Just what every team needs a 36 year old RB, who hasn't played in 4 years! :thumbsup: