One of the NFL’s most popular former players is coming out of retirement. No it’s not Brett Favre this time; it’s former New York Giant running back Tiki Barber
Barber initially retired in 2006 and began a career in sports media. It looks like the itch to play never fully went away though.
With Barber coming out of retirement, the Giants are now faced with a decision to keep him or let him go. With Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs already in the New York backfield, it’s safe to say that New York will most likely release the former Pro Bowler.
If that is the case, Barber’s agent Mark Lepselter has said, “there are interested parties.”
Here are five teams that Tiki Barber could end up playing for in 2011.
The Broncos could use Tiki Barber’s services in 2011.
Former first-round pick Knowshon Moreno can’t seem to stay healthy, so Denver could use a solid option in case Moreno goes down again.
Also, having Moreno share carries with Barber could help preserve him and keep him healthy for the entire season.
Though Arian Foster led the league in rushing yards in 2010, he can’t continue to bear the entire load.
Insert Tiki Barber.
With no viable backup option, Barber immediately becomes the number two running back, and every NFL team needs at least two viable backs.
Barber can spell Foster while still getting plenty of carries for his huge ego, and Foster can maintain his status as the Texans’ number one back.
The Cardinals have not shied away from older running backs, seeing as how they have signed Emmitt Smith and Edgerrin James late in their respective careers.
Arizona could make a similar move in signing Tiki Barber.
Running back Beanie Wells was injured for a good portion of 2010, and even when he was playing he wasn’t all that effective.
Tiki Barber could come in and play a major role right from the start for the Arizona offense.
Chicago needs to change up its backfield.
An excellent receiver out of the backfield, Matt Forte is more suited as a third down back and a number two option.
The Bears could sign Tiki Barber and have him and Matt Forte split time at running back, with both receiving an equal amount of carries.
This could be the best situation Barber will find in terms of playing time in 2011.
Tampa Bay has to be the most logical choice for Tiki Barber.
Not only is his twin, cornerback Ronde Barber, on the team, but they have a need for a running back.
Breakout star Legarrette Blount cannot carry the load by himself, and with Cadillac Williams now a free agent, the Buccaneers could make a run at Tiki Barber.
Though Blount would still be the feature back, Barber would be 1A.
Look for Tiki Barber to join his brother in Tampa Bay in 2011.