The whole “Tiki Barber to the Steelers” rumor seems to have died down, but the NY Post has brought it back to life, stating in their Friday edition that the Bucs and Steelers still remain the two hot spots that Barber should land.
Tiki Barber is getting in shape for the NFL season, presuming there is one, and once the lockout is lifted needs to find a team, as the Giants already have stated they will release his rights so he can move on.
“I’ll be somewhere where I know the people, know the staff,” Barber said. “It will be a team that needs some veteran leadership or just needs a little push or needs somebody they can count on to fit a role.”
Barber has strong ties to coaches Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh), Raheem Morris (Tampa Bay, where his twin brother Ronde is a cornerback) and Sean Payton (New Orleans). Given that the Saints drafted Mark Ingram, figure Barber’s next uniform will be Steelers black and gold or Buccaneers red and pewter.
I still think Barber isn’t needed on this team. Too many bad things, mostly issues with the locker room have been reported about Barber, and while I am sure he would be on best behavior if the Steelers took a chance, I don’t think they need him on the roster this season or ever for that matter.