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Let's list the reasons a player SHOULD come back to the sport he professes to love:
1) Can still play at a high level (there were scouts that thought Jim Brown could still play at 40)
2) Loyal to team and fanbase
3) Competitive fire still burning
4) Sport needs a shot of intrigue at that time
While not in order and maybe not the best reasons, the above reasons could all be swallowed by the average fan if a former star player announced they were returning to their sport despite all signs pointing to it being a really, really, really poor idea.
Let's look at the reasons Barber is most likely returning. I speculate, but the media monster seems to be in agreement that Barber's reasons are less than altruistic:
1) He's broke. He was a terrible football analyst, so he was fired. He was terrible on the Today show, so he was fired. He's in the middle of a messy divorce, has four children from that divorce and has no money left from his playing days, or his failed foray into broadcasting.
2) He needs validation. This guy is such a walking pat on the back that he can't stand to think of himself out of the public eye for more than two seconds. Hell, he'd be glad to tell you that we, the public, can't live without him and his incredibleness. Right.
3) He's got something to prove. Ordinarily, this would be a good thing, a "show the world" mentality with a chip on the shoulder. But this is a guy that has already proven everything he needs to, at least by most measures. The fact the Giants won it all the year he left still eats at him and he wants to come back for another shot at a title. The problem is, his age and recent lack of playing time make it highly unlikely he'll contribute positively to any team, meaning it's really all for Tiki and not to help the team he may join.
Barber, thus far, has said all the right things, but the fact is his life has been in shambles recently and it's been his own doing. He lost sponsorships after it was revealed he cheated on his then-pregnant wife with a woman 10 years younger than him and he's been flailing in court and divorce proceedings ever since.
If the man was wearing a sign outside the NFL offices that said "Will carry football for food" his motives couldn't be any more obvious. Once again, the Raiders do not need a player who is focused on anything more than football.
We had a guy here interested in picking up a paycheck but not putting in any effort. He even started for us. He had talent, but no team-first mentality. He was playing for all the wrong reasons.
His name is JaMarcus Russell.
In Barber, I see Russell all over again, only Barber knows better, is older, yet is still just playing for a paycheck. A paycheck necessitated because he can't live the way he preaches others should.
Adding an egotistical hypocrite to the Raiders, when coach Hue Jackson and his new staff are doing their best to continue changing the culture, would be the worst decision they've made in years. And we drafted Russell, remember?