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Tiki Barber Has Interest in the Steelers – Do the Black and Gold Have Interst in Him?

Nothing like a good rumor to get you past your Thursday. This one to me is REALLY a stretch, and has to do with former Giants back Tiki Barber, who at 36 wants to come out of retirement to play in the NFL again.

The following is from the NY Post (never known to try and stir the pot on anything)!

The Steelers have emerged as a potential landing spot for Tiki Barber, according to two sources. The Giants are not going to impede Barber’s attempt to find a new team and are likely to give permission to Barber and his agent, Mark Lepselter, to start the process of drumming up interest — without any tampering fears by other teams — while the CBA negotiations are ongoing

The Giants have already said they will release Barber and let him go elsewhere, and to me from the words of some of his former teammates (Michael Strahan), this guy sounds like a cancer.

The Steelers could in fact use another backup running back to Rashard Mendenhall, but I have no idea what fascination they would have in bringing in a 36-year old who has been out of football since following the 2006 season.

Barber’s agent, Mark Lepselter, was quoted as stating in the paper – “Tiki wishes the Giants the best and they have wished him the same. “In light of the fact that they will not be retaining his rights, and have stated such publically, we are hoping that we can begin speaking with other teams as soon as possible.”

In the end, it could be and probably is just his agent trying to get interest, but like stated above, I find it hard pressed to believe that the Steelers really have any interest in Barber.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Dixie Normous

    March 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Hell no! Guys is a backstabber! He prob would be a nice 3rd down back but with his history I’m happy with Moore! Buyer beware!

  2. Jeff

    March 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Only chance would be if Da Stillers sign his brother, Rhonde, as a FA cornerback for some depth at that position. I believe MT coached Rhonde with the Bucs. Then we could have two sets of twins if we draft Mike Pouncey?

    • George H

      March 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      Ronde would probably be our best cb if he would sign with pitt, although I think its highly unlikely he would leave TB.

  3. Jon L.

    March 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I would definitely not sign Tiki. The guys has already been out of the league for 4 years and thinks he can come back and play well? I think he is going to the Bucs to play with Ronde.

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