Tiki Barber: 5 Teams Who Could Use the Now Unretired RB in 2011

Joey HnathCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2011

Tiki Barber: 5 Teams Who Could Use the Now Unretired RB in 2011

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 03:  Former New York Giants Tiki Barber is inducted into the Giants �Ring of Honor� during halftime of a game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 3, 2010 in East Rutherford,
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    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.

5. Denver Broncos

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    ENGLEWOOD, CO - JANUARY 14:  Denver Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway (L), owner Pat Bowlen and new head coach John Fox share a laugh before Fox addressed the media at Dove Valley on January 14, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado. Fox was
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    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.

4. Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - JANUARY 02:  Glover Quin #29 of the Houston Texans and Brian Cushing #56  celebrate after recovering a fumble late in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Lev
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    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.

3. Arizona Cardinals

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 25:  Kicker Jay Feely #4 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with Beanie Wells #26 after making a 48 yard field goal in the final moments of the NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 2
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    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.

2. Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Linebacker Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears reacts after an interception late in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Pho
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    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.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Raheem Morris talks with Ronde Barber #20 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Buccaneers defeate
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    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.