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Fassel reaches out to Barber about playing in UFL

Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 5:44 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Earlier this week, Tiki Barber announced that he'd like to play for the Buccaneers or the Steelers.

Not surprising: Barber wants to play for winning franchises. Even less surprising: Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh appear to have no interest in a 36-year-old running back with a ton of baggage who last played an NFL down in 2006.

But now, after a rough patch that included losing his $2 million-a-year gig with NBC and leaving his wife and kids for a 20-something former NBC intern (all while no one -- coaches, players, his brother -- came to Barber's defense), things seem to be looking up. Sort of.

Jim Fassel, the former Giants coach who's now the general manager and coach of the UFL's Las Vegas Locos, has reached out to Barber about joining his team.

"Tiki always kept himself in great shape," Fassel told USA Today recently. "There will definitely be an adjustment period for him to get in the flow of things and getting his body used to being hit again."

Tiki Time

Realistically, Barber's best shot to play professional football again will come in the UFL. And if we're to believe his agent when he says that money isn't the main issue, then the UFL makes even more sense.

As for what kind of compensation we're talking about, Wikipedia states that "In 2010, players earned $6,250 per game, for a total of $50,000 in the regular season; participants in the 2010 UFL Championship Game were paid a total of $10,000 each, with an additional $10,000 going to each player on the winning team. Starting quarterbacks earned a $200,000 salary."

That's pocket change for NFL players, but $50,000 was the median household income in the U.S. for 2009. And even if Barber does need the money, there aren't many jobs out there that will pay him more than that; the odds that he gets another television gig anytime soon are long, as are the chances he makes an NFL roster.

"If [NFL teams] don't have as much time [to practice because of the lockout], starting players are going to get most of the reps," Fassel said. "There is not going to be a lot of time for guys who need to prove themselves."

If Barber needs added incentive to play for an old coach in a new league, Fassel led the Locos to back-to-back championships in the first two years of the five-team league.

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Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 2:17 pm

No Money

No way tiki's taking this chump change in the UFL---he wants the big time NFL bling. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:37 pm

Fassel reaches out to Barber about playing in UFL

If Barber is realistic, his only football option may be the UFL. It's not likely he's going to get an invite to an NFL camp but if shows something in the UFL he might hook up with an NFL team, as Dominic Rhodes did with the Colts, after the UFL season is over. 

My guess though is Barber is a prime candidate for a cable network reality show.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 12:57 pm

Fassel reaches out to Barber about playing in UFL

Not a bad choice for Tiki. I think there's no way he makes an NFL roster, but why not the UFL? Would be good for the league and the higher end of the pay scale for these guys looks like its between $100k and $200k, that's not bad money for playing a game for a living.

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:20 am

Fassel reaches out to Barber about playing in UFL

Even though it has its struggles and is the butt of many jokes, the UFL is a good league and a great idea.  Pro football needs the UFL because it does serve as a place for players to develop.  The NFL has benefitted from the UFL being in existence and will only benefit more each year that it is able to operate.  The UFL also provides many pro football fans an excellent and very affordable game day experience.  I'm one of them.

If Tiki is serious about a comeback bid, then the UFL is absolutely the best place to begin, for a few reasons..

(1) A real shot at being able to play the game at a high level and get back into game shape (in his head and body).
(2) A chance to play for someone who knows him and who really wants him on the team.
(3) Coaches in UFL are top notch guys with plenty of NFL level experience - can only help Tiki even more.
(4) UFL Season ends by October 23.  If he does well there's plenty of NFL season left for a team to pick him up.
(5) If he does make it into NFL, 1 season in humbler / leaner UFL conditions should help him appreciate NFL even more.
(6) After 10 weeks in UFL he'll know for sure if he wants to do what he walked away from 4 years ago.

The UFL is tailor made for guys like Tiki Barber.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 8:45 am

Fassel reaches out to Barber about playing in UFL

Tiki Barber stinks!

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 7:42 am

Fassel reaches out to Barber about playing in UFL

I always thought it was odd Fassel never got another NFL job.  Lesser head coaches have had several chances, and it's not like he wasn't interested.  I know a couple of years ago his name surfaced for Baltimore's job. 

.523 wining % in 7 seasons with Giants.  Made playoffs 3 times, made it to a super bowl. 

Tiki?  All time great Giant but not a good guy.  Never should have left when he did.  I guess he can make a roster and contribute in some way, but at this point he's no difference maker.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:18 am

Fassel reaches out to Barber about playing in UFL

I have to tell you this Tiki, but it's not happening in the NFL. No team will want to deal with all the baggage that comes with you. The UFL will take any publicity that it can get at this point. It has been fortunate to survive this long. It will be really lucky to make it past this year. Tiki would be wise to consider playing for his old coach.

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:17 am

Fassel reaches out to Barber about playing in UFL

This guy's a BUM any1 who would leave his wife and kids for some 20+ intern, Is a total moron........I hope he dont play anywhere.....again he is a bum and feel bad for his wife and kids.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:06 pm

Fassel reaches out to Barber about playing in UFL

Best bet to get some playing time.......

Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 7:57 pm

Fassel reaches out to Barber about playing in UFL

I agree, he should consider the UFL.

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