Raheem Says Barber Will ReturnJanuary 18th, 2011
One of the Bucs’ big offseason questions seems to be answered.
Not mincing words, Raheem Morris said Bucs icon and soon-to-be free agent Ronde Barber will be returning to start at cornerback for the 2011 season. Morris apparently chatted about this with St. Pete Times beat writer Rick Stroud in Orlando today.
“He’s playing. Now it’s just a matter of what he’s playing for. I’m really confident that he’s playing and I feel great about it.
“It’s just a matter of deciding how much he’s worth and all that. But our starting right cornerback will be back. He’ll be our starting right corner as long as he keeps playing at a high level. “
As recently as last week on the air with J.P. Peterson on 1010 AM, Barber said he was unsure of his return. But Barber did say he felt suprisingly great and came through the season without getting too banged up.
These works from Raheem should kill the goofy chatter about the Bucs making a play for stud free agent corner Nnamdi Asomugha, as Joe wrote about earlier today.
It seems though that Barber now has the Bucs over a barrel in contract negotiations. The head coach is on the record saying he’s coming back. That’s a tough one to back out on over money.