Bucs Say Ronde Asked For TimeMarch 9th, 2013
With all due respect to Bucs icon Ronde Barber, hasn’t he had enough time to think about his 2013 return?
The Buccaneers issued a statement this morning from rockstar general manager Mark Dominik, who made it very clear the ball is in Ronde Barber’s court.
“Coach Schiano and I met with Ronde this past week and expressed our desire for him to return to play another season with the Buccaneers. He asked us for some time to make his decision and we certainly respect that.”
Joe thinks it’s highly likely Barber will decide by Monday. But it’s not out of the question that he wants to wait longer, which would force the Bucs’ hand in free agency to obtain a safety, or look toward 2013 with Ahmad Black, Cody Grimm and Keith Tandy competing for a starting job.
The unknowns here are money, and what role the Bucs want for Barber. Perhaps the New Schiano Order is only guaranteeing Barber a role on passing downs but nothing else. And maybe the salary has Barber having second thoughts.
Hopefully, Bucs fans will have an answer Monday.