Ronde Barber’s Decision Will Speak Volumes About Bucs, Schiano
There’s a big decision coming that will affect the plans for the 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It revolves around Ronde Barber.
Barber, who will turn 38 in April, has played 16 seasons as a Buccaneer. The big question remains: will he be back for a 17th?
Barber’s decision will speak volumes about the Buccaneers and head coach Greg Schiano. If Barber believes this team is on the rise, if he believes this team is a playoff contender in 2013, then you’d think Barber just might come back for 2013.
He’ll likely give the Bucs his answer before free agency starts in March.
Barber is an unrestricted free agent but there’s no huge demand for a 38-year-old free safety these days.
Ronde performed well last season. He had 91 tackles and four interceptions. He also earned $3 million.
Barber’s in good physical shape, he didn’t suffer any significant injuries last season, he played every Sunday. Another factor that could bring him back is that Schiano understands that Barber doesn’t need to work every day in training camp.
If these Bucs do have a good short-term future, if they are ready to make a big step up, then don’t be surprised if Barber’s back for another go-round.
Besides, he can always use an extra $3 million.