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Tiki, agent 'flabbergasted' by lack of interest

Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:14 am
Edited on: September 5, 2011 3:46 pm
Tiki Barber and his agent were "flabbergasted" that no NFL teams were interested in his services. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It started back in March, when former Giants running back Tiki Barber announced that he was coming out of retirement to offer up his services to any NFL team in need of a 36-year-old, four years removed from his last snap and not particularly popular with his teammates (line forms to the right, please don't push).

Turned out, guys who had played with Barber couldn't get in front of a microphone fast enough to speak on his leadership skills.

“Tiki Barber, the football player, great player, will be very productive probably in certain situations,” ESPN analyst and former teammate Antonio Pierce said at the time. “Tiki Barber, the leader, the person in that locker room? He is not going to do anything for your team. Now if that is the guy you think you are bringing in, you might want to look in another direction.”

Weeks and months passed, but the story remained unchanged: former teammates had nothing nice to say about Barber (and twin brother Ronde's silence on his brother's comeback attempt was, well, pretty awkward), and NFL teams were uninterested.

Once the lockout ended and training camps opened, Barber had a grand total of one workout, with the Dolphins, who chose not to sign him instead settling on Larry Johnson (who was subsequently cut a short time later).

Then, on Saturday, teams had to reduce their rosters to 53 players, and the rest of the weekend was spent rejiggering depth charts based on the names hitting the open market. The Bears signed former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, the Bengals added returner Brandon Tate, the Jets claimed wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, and the Ravens inked center Andre Gurode. Through it all, not one NFL team called Tiki.

Tiki Barber: A Brief History

Sports Illustrated's Peter King sent this tweet Saturday: "So 2,880 men went to NFL camps this summer; 1,696 made rosters. None named Tiki Barber. And on roster shuffle weekend, his phone never rang."

In King's Monday Morning Quarterback column, he expanded on Barber's plight.

"I tried to reach Barber on Sunday, but he wasn't talking. I hear he's devastated that no team gave him a chance. You might wonder if teams would bring him in after the first game of the season, so his contract wouldn't be guaranteed, and that could still happen. But with no team calling [Barber's agent Mark] Lepselter with even a hint of interest, it's more likely teams would start with backs who've been in some football competition this summer.

"Lepselter told me Sunday: 'We are flabbergasted that Tiki has not had an opportunity with any team, especially when rosters were at 90 players this year. I certainly thought some team would be intrigued to see what he had left in the tank.'"

We've been through this before but … why? Why would any team be intrigued by a 36-year-old with a history of rubbing teammates the wrong way? Where's the payoff? An NFL general manager can just sign an eager-to-prove-he-belongs 22-year-old with fresh legs and no sense of entitlement for very little money. That Barber is still on his couch is the exact opposite of flabbergasted.

So while Barber may still be out of work, there is good news: he's getting married! It gets better: there's a standing offer to join former coach Jim Fassel in the UFL.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:21 pm

Tiki, agent 'flabbergasted' by lack of interest

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:32 pm

Tiki, agent 'flabbergasted' by lack of interest

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:21 pm
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Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:22 am

Tiki, agent 'flabbergasted' by lack of interest

Tiki Barber is getting a much needed dose of reality. The man has burned bridges everywhere he has previously gone and those mistakes are now coming back to hurt him when he needs help the most. I hate to say it, but I won't be surprised if we hear in a few years that Tiki is filing for bankruptcy.

a. He has no job.

b. He has BIG TIME alimony and child support payments.

c. He has a new wife, who will expect to maintain a lifestyle he can no longer afford.

d. He has a (well deserved)  damaged reputation. No one is going to hire him in today's market.

e. He is in denial (for now).  When your twin brother doesnt back you, that speaks volumes.

Bottom Line: Tiki should play for Jim Fassel in the UFL, hope to "play" his way back into the league AND, most importantly, do some serious PR work to repair his damaged reputation. He needs to reestablish some credibility and trust with the public. It can be done, but until he does some soul searching and comes clean about who he is and where his life is going it will never happen. Hopefully this snub will wake him up to this fact.

Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:37 am
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Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:07 am

Tiki, agent 'flabbergasted' by lack of interest

He should take the UFL offer and play himself back into shape.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:41 am

Tiki, agent 'flabbergasted' by lack of interest

I had a heated argument with a co-worker months ago when Tiki announced he was coming back.  I told him no NFL GM would sign him.  He swore up and down that I was wrong and somebody would, just to see what he has.  I cited his character issues, his age, and the layoff.  He claimed the guy was so talented it didn't matter, even at 36.

I'll probably e-mail this article to him tomorrow. 

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:27 am

Tiki, agent 'flabbergasted' by lack of interest

I am not surprised no one is interested in Tiki.  He is old, did not leave the NFL on good terms and he is not worth the risk when there are so many other younger players to take a chance with.  Tiki had his shot and he blew it.  Time for him to move on and build a life doing something else.    Hopefully he will treat the people in his life and the people he works with better.    

Good Luck Tiki!


Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:49 pm

Tiki, agent 'flabbergasted' by lack of interest

Amazing, you mean to tell me that there was not a single NFL team that wanted to be ripped to shreds when Tiki is once again retired and trying to land his next TV gig. I just can't believe it.

Live and learn Tiki. 

Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:12 pm

Tiki, agent 'flabbergasted' by lack of interest

This comment made me chuckle for some reason

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