Barber, who stepped away from the league after the 2006 season, has filed papers with the league to officially come out of retirement, according to his representatives at Maxx Sports and Entertainment.
He played 10 seasons with New York, during which he rushed for 10,449 and made three Pro Bowls. Since hanging up his cleats, Barber has worked in the media, first for NBC on “Football Night in America” and the “Today” show, and currently for Yahoo! Sports as an NFL analyst.
Last month, Barber’s twin brother Ronde signed a new contract with the Buccaneers. The brothers will turn 36 on April 7.
The Giants released a statement on Barber’s return, saying, “We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list.”