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Ronde Barber | Defensive Back | #20

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (43) / 4/7/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 184
College: Virginia
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 3 (66) / TB

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Ex-Bucs DB Ronde Barber has been hired by FOX Sports.
It appears he'll serve as both a studio analyst and color commentator. Provided his T.V. career goes better than his brother Tiki's, Barber's job should help keep his name on the mind of fans and media alike. That can only help his shaky Hall-of-Fame chances. Fri, May 31, 2013 11:13:00 AM

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Ronde Barber said he probably would not have retired if he was still a starter.

Barber started 232 of 241 career games. But as the Bucs overhauled their secondary, he would have been mere depth at age 38. "If Mark (Dominik) and Greg (Schiano) would've said, 'Hey, we absolutely need you to play, you played great last year, here's X amount of dollars, come play, we need you...' That wasn't necessarily the case," he said. Barber is expected to pursue a broadcasting career.
Source: USA Today
Thu, May 9, 2013 10:28:00 AM

Ronde Barber has decided to retire.

"I've had a better run than I ever could've dreamed," Barber told FOX Sports' Jay Glazer. One of the longest tenured players in the NFL, Barber is hanging it up after 16 seasons. A three-time All Pro, Barber helped the Bucs to their Super Bowl XXXVII win, and holds the record for most consecutive starts by a defensive back (215). Barber showed well as a safety last season, but would have returned as a reserve after the Bucs added Dashon Goldson and Johnthan Banks. Barber should be enshrined in the Bucs' Ring of Honor, but his Hall-of-Fame candidacy is harder to quantify. He benefited from playing for an all-time great defense during his prime, and wasn't an elite player the second half of his career. If not for his durability and longevity, Barber would be a borderline, at best, candidate for Canton. Those qualities are likely to put him over the top, however.
Wed, May 8, 2013 03:02:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times believes free agent Ronde Barber would "not enjoy extensive playing time" if he returned for a 17th season.

Per beat writer Stephen F. Holder, Barber would be returning as no more than the Bucs' dime corner or third safety. Barber was thought to be a candidate for nickel duties, but the Bucs are three deep at cornerback after using the No. 43 pick on Johnthan Banks. Barber has to decide if returning is worth making minimum money for minimum snaps.
Wed, May 1, 2013 01:30:00 PM

The Bucs remain open to re-signing free agent S/CB Ronde Barber.

Barber could return as Tampa Bay's nickel corner, covering slot receivers. He just wouldn't be a starter. "When Ronde reaches out, we’ll have a conversation and we’ll talk through that," GM Mark Dominik said. Barber told the NFL Network in late March that he still hasn't decided on playing a 17th season.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 02:51:00 PM

Coach Greg Schiano said the Bucs are nowhere near a deadline on Ronde Barber's retirement decision.

Barber is not under contract and was not at One Buc Place Monday for the start of the offseason program. If he does end up returning for a 17th NFL season, he'll have his snaps reduced drastically. Perhaps Barber is waiting to see how the Darrelle Revis situation shakes out.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:11:00 AM

Free agent Ronde Barber stated on NFL Network Monday that he's undecided about playing a 17th season.

"Perhaps," Barber said when asked by NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano about whether he'll return. "I have not made a decision yet." Barber, 38 in April, plans to follow his "gut feeling" when the time comes to decide. Barber also strongly indicated he is unwilling to play for a team other than the Buccaneers.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 07:24:00 PM

Despite their addition of Dashon Goldson, the Buccaneers have left the door ajar for free agent Ronde Barber to re-sign with Tampa.

The Bucs will start Goldson at Barber's old free safety position, but Barber could contribute as a slot corner and emerge as a starter should Goldson or a cornerback fall victim to injury. Barber can still play going on age 38. Armed with $27 million in cap space, the Buccaneers would have no trouble affording him.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Bucs GM Mark Dominik confirmed that the team wants free agent FS Ronde Barber back for a 17th NFL season.

Barber, 38 in April, is still an effective free safety and slot corner, so the Bucs would be silly to not take him back. "Coach (Greg) Schiano and I met with Ronde this past week and expressed our desire for him to return to play another season with the Buccaneers," said Dominik in a team-website statement. "He asked us for some time to make his decision and we certainly respect that."
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 02:13:00 PM

Free agent FS Ronde Barber says the Bucs want him back for a 17th NFL season.

"They want me to play, but they have left it up to me like they have pretty much every year," Barber said. "I've got time, so I'm going to take my time." Barber, 38 next month, says he has no timetable for a decision. He'll likely be back.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 12:18:00 AM

Free agent FS Ronde Barber's brother Tiki says Ronde wants to return for a 17th NFL season in 2013.

"(I’ve) talked to him multiple times over the last month and a half and it’s been the same," Tiki said. "He’s told me this is the best he’s felt after a season in many years." The Bucs met with Ronde on Thursday. Provided his monetary demands are reasonable, Barber will likely be re-signed.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 01:23:00 PM

The Bucs are meeting with free agent FS Ronde Barber on Thursday.

There has been no contact between the two sides yet this offseason, so it's unclear if the Bucs even want to bring the soon-to-be 38-year-old Barber back. He's spent his entire 16-year career in Tampa Bay.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 06:49:00 PM

ESPN's NFC South writer Pat Yasinskas says we should find out "soon" if Ronde Barber will be back for another season with the Bucs.

Barber, 38 in April, was still undecided on his future last week, and coach Greg Schiano says the team has yet to contact the 16-year veteran. Barber is a free agent, and the Bucs could possibly just be moving on from him as they try to straighten out their pass defense.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Coach Greg Schiano says the team has yet to contact free agent FS Ronde Barber about playing in 2013.

Last weekend, it was reported that Barber, 38 in April, was still undecided on his playing future after being noncommittal as the season winded down. It would seem to be Tampa Bay or bust for Barber as it's the only team he's ever known.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 01:06:00 PM

Free agent FS Ronde Barber is still undecided if he'll play next season.

Barber was noncommittal when asked about retirement after the season, but the soon-to-be 38-year-old would presumably be welcomed back in Tampa Bay. Despite playing on arguably the worst pass defense in the NFL, Barber graded out as the league's No. 11 safety by Pro Football Focus.
Sat, Feb 16, 2013 07:19:00 PM

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