Bucs-Barber “Check-In” Next WeekMarch 20th, 2013
The mystery surrounding Ronde Barber’s potential return for his 17th season in pewter and red could be settled next week.
Speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio yesterday, rockstar general manager Mark Dominik said he will soon approach Barber ”to see where he’s at.” Dominik and Greg Schiano had a sit-down with Barber early this month before the free agency bell rang, and Barber didn’t accept — or decline, the Bucs’ contract offer to return.
“[Barber] knew we were in the safety market. We told him that we might be going after a safety depending on what all comes free,” Dominik said. “But we wanted him to understand everything beforehand so he wasn’t surprised by anything, that he had all the information. And so Ronde just asked me to give him some time. And just say, ‘Hey look, let me see how everything unfolds. Let me continue to talk to my wife. Let me make a decision on what I want to do. So I told him, ‘Hey, no rush. You’re fine.’ And I’ll probably check back in with him next week to see where he’s at. He can kind of see a little better, you know, example of where everything is.”
Joe wonders what Barber will think of the Darrelle Revis shopping and Barber’s move back to cornerback. Perhaps Barber will be inspired to play within a beastly secondary with studs like Revis and Dashon Goldson, and an up-and-comer like Mark Barron.
It’s been a lot of years, too many years, since Barber was around that kind of talent.