Ronde Barber Says He Is Still UndecidedMarch 25th, 2013
Bucs great Ronde Barber appeared live in studio tonight as a guest analyst for “Total Access” on NFL Network, and while the soon-to-be 38-year old noted (as if anyone didn’t know) that he met with Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano, Barber admits he has yet to make up his mind on a return to the Bucs.
Andrew Siciliano: Let’s talk about you.
Ronde Barber: What about me?
Siciliano: You are going to be 38.
Barber: I’m going to be a young 38 like I told you earlier.
Sicilians: Will you be back for a 17th season?
Barber: (Smiles) Perhaps.
Barber: I have not made a decision yet.
Siciliano: Why not?
Barber: [The Bucs] have allowed me not to rush the decision, so I’m not going to rush it.
Siciliano: When is it going to come?
Barber: I wish I could tell you.
Siciliano: Will you play for someone other than the Buccaneers?
Barber: I have had that option a couple of times before. I have been a free agent the past couple of years. We’ve had an understanding that I would always be back in Tampa.
Siciliano: So that is a “no?”
Barber: That’s basically a “no.”
Siciliano: So that’s definitely a “no?”
Barber: It’s basically a “no.”
Siciliano: Well, they signed Dashon Goldson.
Barber: He’s a pretty good player.
Siciliano: He plays your position.
Barber: He does.
Siciliano: OK, does that affect your position?
Barber: No. When I met with Mark and Coach Schiano and we had this discussion. I knew they were going to be active in free agency. This is the same discussion I had with them last year when they told me they were going to go out and get a corner in free agency which may necessitate a position change or a role change for me. I had a similar conversation [with Dominik and Schiano] this year.
Siciliano: Would you accept less playing time because you can assume if they are giving Dashon Goldson all of that money you would be playing less?
Barber: That was addressed as well.
Barber: Those are the types of things [the Bucs] are allowing me to weigh.
Siciliano: So what will it come down to?
Barber: Probably gut feeling and that’s what it was last year. I’m pretty non-committal, aren’t I?
Siciliano: You did a good job.