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Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:49 am
Tiki Barber and his agent were "flabbergasted" but not "devastated" that no NFL teams were interested in his services. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Monday, Sports Illustrated's Peter King wrote that Tiki Barber and his agent, Mark Lepselter, were "flabbergasted" that none of the 32 NFL teams had use for the 36-year-old former running back who last played in 2006. King added, "I hear he’s devastated that no team gave him a chance."

The response -- from both fans and media -- was the same: no organization, no matter how desperate, needed a guy closer to 40 than 30, four years removed from his last meaningful snap, and worse: not considered much of a teammate. (On the upside: it was the first time in internet history that writers and commenters were in agreement on, well, anything. Tiki Barber: bringing the world together.)

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post spoke with Lepselter, whose story differs from King's retelling of it.

“That is not correct,’’ he told the Post Sunday. “I never said he was devastated. That term never came out of my mouth.’’

Does that mean the word "flabbergasted" did? Because it conveys the same message -- that somehow, two people on this planet couldn't conceive of a scenario in which Tiki wasn't welcomed with open arms back into the league four years after leaving it to pursue a television career. Plus, as's Michael David Smith points out, "King never attributed the word 'devastated' to Lepselter — that was King’s word, based on how he has heard Barber is feeling. (Barber is free to clear it up and tell everyone how he’s feeling, but he isn’t talking to anyone right now.)"

And it appears Barber won't be talking anytime soon, either.

“This is the last time I am speaking on this subject in any way, shape or form." Lepselter continued. “You can’t worry about the things in life you can’t control and Tiki has moved forward accordingly."

So there you have it. Barber and Lepselter are moving on. For how long depends on if an NFL team needs running back depth at some point in the coming weeks and months. The Dolphins were the only team to give Barber a workout and that was in August.'s Michael Freeman heard from general manager whose team needs running backs that Barber wasn't in his plans because, simply, "I don't trust him. That's pretty much it."

We'll say it again: there's always the UFL.

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Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:45 am

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

Poor Tiki.  Maybe you shouldn't have bailed on your mates when you still had the goods.  Maybe you should learn how to read the teleprompter a bit better and know how to interview people.  Maybe you shouldn't have cheated on your wife.  Some will never learn.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:21 am

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

wonder when he'll get the call to the HOF?

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:57 pm

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

If he kept his mouth to begin with someone maybe would have given Tiki a shot.  He doesn't appear to be a good teammate especially after ripping his former Giant teammates - not to professional.  Plus he's old - who wants to take a shot on an old, egotistical player who probably would be a locker room cancer.  Flabbergatsed!  That poor ego is agetting in his way again.  I still can't believe The Dolphins gave him a look.  I don't think he deserved it!

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:05 pm

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

I'm flabergasted that an NFL player can be such a little b!tch. The though is just flabegasting to me.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 8:42 pm

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

Maybe Tiki wishes he had never opened that big mouth of his. Some things you never forget. In fact, I'm surprised the Dolphins even worked him out. He dug his own grave and it was a deep one. Quit of the Giants, dogged his coach and his fellow teammates,

Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 8:06 pm

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

Not a Giants fan at all... but lost all respect for the man when he quit on his team And could'nt be happier that they won the SuperBowl without him.. Noone gives a Second chance to a quitter

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:06 pm

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

I said all along NOBODY WOULD GIVE HIM A CHANCE. This dude doesn't care about playing he just needs a paycheck and gm's aren't stupid they are not gonna fall into your go away. 

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 5:51 pm

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

Hahaha, flabbergasted!? Why? Nobody wanted a washed up turd to waste a roster spot? What are the odds?

Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:55 pm

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

While Tiki has certainly done a LOT to turn people/teams off, my gut instinct is that no teams wanted to risk having to guarantee his 1 year salary if he's on the opening day roster.  A team may take a chance if one of their RBs goes down.

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:51 pm

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

I was Flabbergasted that my friends would throw me a surprise birthday party at my age. I was devastated when I discovered it was a surprise divorce party and not a birthday party. Hey why don't you guys just kick my dog while your here.

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