No Set Spot For Ronde BarberJune 15th, 2012
Looking back on the now completed Bucs offseason, after minicamp ended yesterday with Donald Penn showing off his punt-catching skills, it was nothing if not interesting.
Where does Joe start? The hiring of Greg Schiano, the free agent frenzy from Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik? The wheeling and dealing during the first two days of the draft? The selection of safety Mark Barron and running back Muscle Hamster Doug Martin? The trade of Kellen Winslow?
Whew. Joe cannot remember such an active Bucs offseason.
Almost lost in the shuffle is the re-signing of veteran graybeard Ronde Barber.
Now Barber has been playing safety and both Schiano and Dominik have noted that Barber will play safety, but do not turn the page on Barber’s cornerback days. In this NFL Network video, Barber explains that he has multiple positions to play and cannot be pigeonholed.
On a similar note, last night on “Total Access” on the NFL Network (Joe likes to call it “the Man Channel” because real men have and enjoy the NFL Network), former Bucs great Warren Sapp called Barber “a gambler” for his play at cornerback (not an original read on Barber’s play) and Sapp jokingly — through the camera — told Barber that if he gambles at safety like he does at corner, Barber could put himself in trouble.
“You can’t gamble at safety,” Sapp said, suggesting Barber may have a learning curve by flipping to safety.