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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: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Tiki can join Tony Dorsett in someone's backfield.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Aaaaahahahahahahaaaa....*choke*...

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?
Where next?  Depends on who you ask.

Coughlin would probably tell you, "Hell would be a good place."

I'd have to agree.  This guy is a cancer.  He's a back-stabber.  He's ancient.  Not to mention the fact that even when he was younger, his fumbling downside and big mouth often overshadowed his minimal upside.  I couldn't have been more happy that he wasn't on the team when the Giants...ahem...won the...ahem...the Superbowl (I'm still having a hard time).  If there was one bright spot, it was that they did it without him.

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.
That's funny, too.  Fox would probably be interested if Barber 'went' into a time machine first.  Two "good running backs?!"  Tiki's not even 1/2 a bad one at this point.

Where's he going to end up next?  Who cares, as long as he keeps his big yap shut.







Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

The fact that he quit the Giants and they went on to win the Super Bowl will haunt Tiki for the rest of his life.  His brother got his, it would have been nice for them to both have it - too bad.  Sorry Tiki, you seem like a pretty good guy, but on the other hand didn't you dump your pregent wife for some bimbo??  I take the good guy thing back, you're a jerk.  I'm glad you didn't get your ring and you never will.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Good for Tiki.  If he can make an NFL roster he should come out of retirement.  After all you only live once and his joy is playing football not to appease fans who think he is too old at 35.  One thing about Tiki is his body is not an old 35 it's a young 35 that has not taken a beating in 4 years so he shouldn't lack of physical condition.



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

This is one of the most unexpected moves this season.



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

i thought tiki retired young, but to comeback like what 3-4 years after the initial retirement seems kind of stupid to me. I see him in tampa bay doing something similar to what warrick dunn did at the end of his career.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

lol 'zekee'. nice one. but the vikes already AP to fumble for them.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:35 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.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Maybe the Vikings can bring back Favre and Barber.  One to throw interceptions and the other to fumble.



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Tiki will be signed by whatever team wants to do these 2 things:
1.  throw their money away
2. get thrown under the bus by one of their players


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