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Tiki Barber Is a Bad Investment for the Miami Dolphins

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 07:  Tiki Barber #21 of the New York Giants runs past Omar Gaither #96 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their NFC Wildcard Playoff game on January 7, 2007 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Brandon ChillingworthCorrespondent IIAugust 9, 2011

Last week the Miami Dolphins worked out former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber. Reports from camp were that he looked good, in shape and still clearly has the talent to play in the NFL.

It is very likely that Tiki is still capable and could even surprise fans and critics by having a great season if he ends up getting signed.

With that said, I'm a Dolphins fan and would rather another team take a gamble on him. I don't know what he would be getting paid, but I think it would be too much.

Miami already has rookie Daniel Thomas and scat back Reggie Bush. It is clear that they have spent money and draft picks thinking that Bush and Thomas will carry the majority of the workload. I do believe that they will need a better complement than Miami currently has, but Barber isn't the answer.

The Dallas Cowboys suffered last year by having three talented running backs and not selecting a clear-cut starter, or at least organizing a depth chart. I believe that this kept them out of rhythm and impaired the play of all three backs.

I think that running backs are a dime a dozen and aren't worth drafting, trading for or even a big money free agent signing. I will be criticized for saying that, but the fact of the matter is that top backs come out of the woodwork every year.

Arian Foster was a practice squad guy and is now being talked about like he is a superstar talent. Is he better then most? Probably, but I'd rather pay five practice squad runners than one Arian Foster.

Ahmad Bradshaw was a seventh-round pick and James Starks came out of nowhere to be  instrumental in Green Bay's Super Bowl run.

With all of that said, there are two guys in the NFL that I do consider to be on another level. Those two guys are Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson; both players have special talent that is very hard to find.

Tiki Barber was at one time a very talented running back and might still be on that level. The main question in my opinion would be his durability. Running back is bar none the most physically demanding position in all of professional sports and the elderly are certainly at a disadvantage.

If Miami does sign him I won't be upset by it at all, I'm just saying there are better places to spend that money.

Tiki Barber has question marks; GM Jeff Ireland and company should look elsewhere to find another running back.

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