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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.

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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: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 8:47 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

He is exactly what Brian Westbrook is at this point in his career with a less extensive injury history and a 4 year hiatus from NFL shape. If you ask me he is going to wind up with the Buccaneers because of Cadillac Williams' leaving there this offseason, and LaGarrette Blount's lack of hands out of the backfield. Barber may be 36 years old but he is basically only really 32 in NFL years if that. He has fresh legs from taking a break from the NFL and I think still has at least a couple 500-750 yard seasons left in him. He retired with 10,449 yards say he stays in the NFL for even 3 more seasons he may wind up with around 12,000 if he's lucky. I'm not quite sure the true motivation to him coming back but I have a good feeling it has to do with him being broke.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 8:10 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

I think his window has closed here. I thought if there was a player that could come back, it would be Barry Sanders. He was a season and a half from taking the all time rusher records back from Emmitt Smith. Tiki can still play, but I gave to believe his role would be greatly diminished at this point in his career. That works for a FB, but a RB, that's 20-25 carries type of position. At 35, he'd probably be seen like what Brian Westbrook is ?

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 7:53 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

I have to add something else when i feel someone is either living under a rock or just does not know their history. While Tiki was known for his fumbling at points in his career he was able to work on that with great coaching and cut it down majorly...
2005 2300+ AP yards with 1 fumble lost
2006 2100+ AP yards with 3 fumbles lost.

I'm not saying he will be great out of retirement, but the lack of hits on his body, and retiring at a young age will help him bounce back i think. I still think Tampa is the place he will end up and he will compliment blount very nicely much like warrick dunn did with graham/alstott.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 7:42 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Tikii is 35 playing on 31 year old legs.   He has had time to rest and heal.  He could be in the best shape since he left for all we know.  Barber knows the kind of shape you need to be in to play in the NFL.  I can't imagine that he would stage a come back and allow himself to be laughed out of the league.  He went out on top, so I can't see Tiki setting himself up to hurt that legacy.    In the right situation, he could be 2012's LaDanian Tomlinson.  Mark my words.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 7:41 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Let Strikeforce pick him up and schedule an event called Fight of the Footbal Fogies where he faces Herschel Walker!

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 7:39 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Please NOT the Broncos. If Fox starts his coacing career in Denver by picking up Tiki we are in trouble. He'll be following in McDaniels footsteps, taking a team in the opposite direction.  And why do sports writers always think that if a coach has coached a player at a previous time that it's a good fit to coach him again.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 7:27 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Where next? After the epic fail that his NFL comeback is, he could always try Wal-Mart.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 7:00 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

...the hell?  This is probably the dumbest thing I've heard in quite a while, and I've heard some doozies.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:52 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

was this originally published in The Onion? Wait - this is serrious? Well, he should do well, running behind Lou Groza and Jerry Kramer.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:31 pm

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

helloooooooooooooo CFL.....or.........................


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