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Do Bucs still have room for Ronde Barber?

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06:59 AM ET 04.30 | If as Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik said of the door remaining open for cornerback Ronde Barber, how open is it, really? As Barber has been pondering whether to retire or play another season, the Buccaneers have been filling up their defensive backfield with talent. Barber moved to free safety after playing his entire career at cornerback. But the starting free safety job no longer is available. The Bucs filled that spot by signing free agent Dashon Goldson. Barber's not really suited to play strong safety and the Bucs are set there with Mark Barron, last year's first-round pick. If Barber is going to return and wants to play safety, he'd be a third safety at best.

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April 30, 2013  07:23 AM ET

This is what happens when you waiver back and forwards on retiring. The team will move on without you.



"Once you think about retiring, you've already retired."
-Mike Shanahan

April 30, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Yep, if he refuses to make a decision, they'll eventually make it for him

April 30, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Retire bro.

April 30, 2013  08:36 AM ET

It's not like spending another year in Tampa Bay is going to give him once last chance for a ring.

And, for the Bucs, it's not like it's the last season and the window of opportunity is closing. The window has been stuck closed and boarded up for a long time. At best, it's a transition year.

April 30, 2013  08:43 AM ET

His accountant is telling him to play another year and his body is telling him to shut it down. Wonder which one wins?

April 30, 2013  08:45 AM ET

17 years in the NFL. That is amazing for someone not a kicker or back up QB.

April 30, 2013  09:22 AM ET

So - does his brother give his introduction speech at the HOF?

April 30, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

So - does his brother give his introduction speech at the HOF?

He might kidnap him, and take his place.

April 30, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He might kidnap him, and take his place.

Only way he gets to wear one of those snazzy coats...

April 30, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

17 years in the NFL. That is amazing for someone not a kicker or back up QB.

good point

April 30, 2013  11:08 AM ET

Yes, for the right money, he can sure help the out with his knowledge!!!

April 30, 2013  11:09 AM ET

Good career, Bro. Time for someone else to take over. Get out while you can still get out of bed in the morning without a crane. I read a story the other day about Brad Johnson and how the dude can barely walk. Pretty sad stuff.

April 30, 2013  12:15 PM ET

The writing is on the wall Ronde. You've had a great career. Now it's time for the younger generation.

April 30, 2013  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The writing is on the wall Ronde. You've had a great career. Now it's time for the younger generation.

I need to let you speak to my boss....

April 30, 2013  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I need to let you speak to my boss....

I'm in the same predicament.

April 30, 2013  01:21 PM ET

"Oh Ronde you look so fine,
But I really really think it's time,
For you to help me Ronde, yeah,
Get her out of my heart...."

April 30, 2013  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

His accountant is telling him to play another year and his body is telling him to shut it down. Wonder which one wins?

This is the predicament I'm in...

 
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