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Apparently some people actually ARE clamoring for Tiki Barber to team up with this brother in Tampa, I haven’t heard it but according to the St. Pete Time’s Ira Kaufman, some may be disappointed by the fact that the Bucs will say no to Tiki Barber. Even though most people figured this would be the case, Kaufman removes any doubt:
At the age of 36, Tiki doesn’t fit in with Tampa Bay’s youth movement and the people that count within the organization have no intentions of signing him once he is granted his release from the Giants upon the end of the NFL lockout.
The Bucs are a natural destination from Tiki’s viewpoint as he attempts to resurrect his career after four seasons on the sidelines. Playing with Ronde would fulfill a dream, but the Bucs don’t believe he is the right fit at this juncture.
You can file this under completely unsurprising. Tiki, aside from being old, is also purportedly a cancer in the locker room, with former teammates like Michael Strahan and Justin Tuck doing little to dispel the notion in recent weeks. I mentioned last week that I think the Bucs shouldn’t preclude veterans from their free agency want-list if they fit in well and would be good locker-room guys, guys like Jason Taylor could be valuable to a young team like the Bucs. Tiki Barber however, wouldn’t be. Plus imagine how confusing it would be to see someone who looks and sounds just like Tampa’s beloved Ronde Barber, but is actually kind of an… well you get the idea.