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Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 6:40 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Tuesday afternoon turned into a Tiki party -- as one-half of the Barber brothers combo announced his "de-tirement."  The world caught fire with excitement and good-natured barbs over the return to the NFL for the 35-year-old. Also, everyone wondered where he'd end up. We know one thing for sure, though: it will not be with the New York Giants.

"We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when able to make the transaction, we will release him from reserve/retired list," the Giants said in a statement released by the team.

So where does Tiki go now? Well, somewhere where the team is in need of running back help but not expecting too much. After all, via the NFL's stat feed on Twitter, here's the most rushing yards in NFL history by someone after they turned 36-years-old: Marcus Allen, 1335 yards; Doug Flutie, 1236 yards; Steve Young, 681 yards; John Riggins, 677 yards; and John Elway, 561 yards.

You'll notice only two of those guys are running backs. That's because it's just really, really, REALLY difficult to make an impact as a ballcarrier in the NFL in the mid-30's. And that doesn't discount the fact that Tiki's missed the last four years after retiring and hasn't necessarily -- though we don't know this -- kept himself in shape.

Tiki Time?
There's reportedly "interest" from multiple teams, however, and it seems reasonably likely that if there's football in 2011, someone will take a shot at him.

The two best bets, in my mind, seem to be the Buccanneers and the Broncos. Why? Well, Tiki's brother Ronde just signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay (he's likely to retire after 2011) and the brothers have always wanted to play together. Additionally, Barber would be a pretty nice third-down compliment to LeGarrette Blount at a very cheap cost.

Denver makes sense because John Fox has openly stated he wants two "good" running backs, and coached Tiki when he was the defensive coordinator with the Giants in the late 90's and early 00's.

Tampa gets an obvious advantage, of course, for family reasons, but it probably doesn't matter -- the odds of Tiki being effective wherever he ends up in 2011 are pretty slim.

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Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:11 am

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?


I'm sorry, was that supposed to be English?

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 7:53 am

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Are yoy freaking kiding me  Barber is oh i ment was a chump you see he left and  the won a title no problem. If you had not noticed his bro down in Tampa is bout washed up but he was tuff and stuck it out there are way to many good backs in the NFL today so he needs to stay on the radio.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 7:33 am

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

I seriously doubt any team will have him on their roster once the season begins! I can see him getting a shot and some playing time in the preseason but not making the final cuts!

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 4:09 am

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Well... look who comes crawling back. Tiki was nothing more than a locker room cancer with the Giants (coincidence that they win the Super Bowl the year after he left?). His comments about Eli and Coughlin were uncalled for and made in an attempt to only further his broadcasting career. How did that turn out? He got sacked from NBC and then went through a divorce from his wife that was pregnant with his child. My guess is that he is having financial trouble and wants back in the league ala Antoine Walker of the NBA.

And I'm not buying that "interest" from multiple teams. That's probably a line from his agent to try to spark anything. No team that even has a semi-competent GM will waste their time with him.

Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:27 am

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

There has to be some kind of hidden agenda for Barber to be doing this. Whether its reasons in his personal life or something to do with the Bargaining Agreement (that he knows he will be making more money as a retired player after the new contract gets negotiated.) I just hope fans don"t buy into the hype that he misses the game and really wants to return for the love of it (not that he is quoted saying any of this). I just think he is defiantly trying to manipulate  the system in his favor.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 2:10 am

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Hahaha. I could have written this comment--wait, did I? Yeah. What's he thinking? I understand that he has less mileage on him than other dudes at his age, but c'mon. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 1:06 am

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Tikki give it up! Just because you now have a youthful women on your shoulder doesn't mean you're. Hey, hows your wife doing these days? Wife u ask??? You know the one...she was 8 months pregnant when u kicked her to the curb! You were a stand up guy, but now you're a dickweed!

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:21 am

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Mike Brown and the Bengals will sign him mark my words.... We had T.O. last year

Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:41 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Monidiot! wish him the best of luck finding another team. too bad he was a d!ck for quitting on the Giants.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:14 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Sorry Priscos page and he's an idiot.  Good-bye

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