Ronde Barber And Darrelle RevisApril 23rd, 2013
Despite all the hoopla over at One Buc Palace this week over the trade by Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik to land star cornerback Darrelle Revis, the mystery of Ronde Barber continues.
Barber has met at least twice with Bucs officials since the end of the season, and he’s transforming into the Tampa Bay area’s version of Brett Favre. In the latter years of Favre’s career, the star quarterback played cat and mouse with the Packers and Vikings, unable seemingly to decide if he wanted to hang up his cleats or continue to play football.
Appearing with the one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on Mad Dog Radio yesterday, heard exclusively on SiriusXM Radio, eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune seemed to get the idea that Revis’ acquisition may signal the end of Barber’s career.
The Bucs’ secondary “looks a lot better because they got Revis,” Kaufman told Russo. “You watched him up close and personal. You know that he is a difference maker. So all of a sudden the secondary doesn’t look so bad. [Dashon] Goldson is a good payer from San Francisco. He’s a big hitter across the middle. [Mark] Barron struggles in coverage but he is a big hitter. Look, they still need a corner.
“We don’t know about Ronde. We don’t know if this is more likely or less likely if Barber comes back for Season 17. The Bucs are a better team. That might intrigue Barber, but Chris, he will have to play a marginal role. He can play nickel and dime. I don’t know if he wants to go out that way. We have to find out about Barber but when you get a Revis, your secondary all of a sudden got better.”
Now Joe asked Bucs coach Greg Schiano if the team had a deadline when they needed to hear from Barber, yay or nay, on his return. Schiano stressed there was no immediate deadline but at some point (as training camp nears) the team may have to move on.
Remember this was before the Bucs got Revis. It’s pretty clear that as of right now, your Bucs starting secondary will be Revis, Barron, Goldson and Eric Wright. The Bucs got Barber to move to safety for a reason last season.
Would Barber want to be a second-stringer for his final NFL season? Joe confesses he is not sure. Revis said yesterday he would look forward to playing with Barber. He may not get the chance.