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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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Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

The sad thing is that there is some young guy somewhere that has more ability (compared to Tiki's age) and is more deserving of the job, but won't make a squad because Tiki's taking up space.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Give it up, Tiki...you are past it....You have half the talent of your brother and you are completely out of shape.  There are 20 younger players that are better than you will ever be again...Hang it up, don't be Michael Jordan when he played for the Wizards.



Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Maybe he can undo some of the severe reputational damage he's done to himself since he retired.  Hard to root for him after the last few years. 



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Not only did he leave his wife  of 18 years for a 32 year old intern BUT she was 8 months pregnant!!! (the wife not the girlfriend) What a JERK!!!! He was fired by NBC or was it CBS for a morals violation and deserves to lose his shirt!!!!! No way can this doick(minus the o) still play!!!!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Desinty Driven, his legacy is already ruined. He back stabbed the coach who cured him of his fumbling, undercut his QB and announced his retirement in the middle of a season.

And if all that wasn't enough to tarnish his legacy, he then proceeded to trash his former teammates, his former coach and his former team before, during and after their Super Bowl run, leaving him to look like a bitter fool while his former team went on to show that they were better off without him.

He didn't go out on top, Strahan went out on top....retiring after winning the Super Bowl.

Tiki's only legacy is as a loser and coming back to the NFL is only going to enhance that loser legacy of his.



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

so 'beew', you're saying he will sign with the bengals? ....naa, he doesnt have the prerequisite rap sheet.
How 'bout the Raiders, then?




Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Tiki is a dick and there is no way anyone who knows him would pick him up. He might have a shot with a coach who has only seen film.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

I have confirmed from reliable sources, that Tiki is going to join his brother in Dallas, the Cowboys have announced a press conference for 8:00am Wednesday morning.
Tiki and Marian aren't brothers, dude




Since: Oct 31, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

I have confirmed from reliable sources, that Tiki is going to join his brother in Dallas, the Cowboys have announced a press conference for 8:00am Wednesday morning.



Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

In case anyone is wondering, Tiki is coming back to football due to finiacial reasons. When Tiki retired he took a job for NBC covering both sports and non-sports strories for the Today Show and SNF. While at NBC Tiki hooked up with a 23-year old intern while still married. Now his wife is divorcing him and taking everything he owns in the process. Tiki is broke and needs to the money after NBC fired him for nailing a intern while also being a mediorce at best journalist for NBC. Expect a book deal for Tiki after he is cut by multiple teams this summer.


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