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Update On Tiki

Via ESPN

Barber, who had two years left on his Giants contract when he retired, will not be making his comeback with New York.

“We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list,” team spokesman Pat Hanlon said in a statement.

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“I didn’t get a chance to get to know who Tiki Barber was the person,” Pierce said. “I know him as a player and the guy was great and we always congratulate each other, the way we played.”

“But what he did in that locker room my two years with him, he didn’t do anything but deteriorate that team,” Pierce added. “And he didn’t help us out. I don’t see this guy as a leader or somebody that can help you out. And that’s my problem with him. That is why I believe they [the Giants] will release him because he is going to cause nothing but problems for that team.”

The Giants already have Brandon Jacobs and DJ Ware under contract at running back and plan on trying to re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

While Barber was an outstanding player for the Giants, the always forthcoming running back has been critical of Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning since his retirement.

Interesting new bits of information. First I guess the Giants decided it wasn’t worth having a 36 year old running back who hasn’t played football in four years on the team. I can’t say I blame them for that. I was all for offering him the veteran minimum and seeing if there was anything left, but secretly I was hoping he’d get cut in training camp and just retire again.

Now the more interesting part of the article was Antonio Pierce lashing out at Tiki. He had some real unflattering words for him, and kind of put to light what a lot of us were thinking. Tiki is not a leader and not a good presence for the locker room. I’m not sure if it was a product of his dislike for Coughlin and playing for a young inexperienced quarterback, but Tiki was not a good teammate.

I wonder if he gets to play for the team he wants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, if he will be better in the locker room. Either way I guess it is not something we really have to worry about anymore, as he is not going to be playing for the Giants.

What do you guys think? Happy he isn’t coming back? Wish we took a chance on him? Anyone think Tiki begged the Giants to release him?

Tiki Returns

Via ESPN

“After seeing my brother still have fun at our age, it reignited the fire,” Tiki Barber said, according to FOXSports.com. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was. I started working out again recently. It kind of shocked myself. I still had a lot of the strength I had before. I’m really looking forward to making a return.”

Barber went out on top, rushing for 1,662 yards and five touchdowns in 2006. He ran for 10,449 yards with a 4.7 yards per carry average in his career.

He rushed for a career-best 1,860 yards in 2005 when he made one of his three Pro Bowls.

After he retired, he said Tom Coughlin’s coaching style was part of the reason he stopped playing. The Giants won the Super Bowl the year after Barber retired.

Wow just wow. I will admit I am in complete shock over this one. Barber claimed the reason why he retired was so he could go out on top. I don’t see how at age 36 he can be close to the player he was when he retired.

I find it funny that he now says the reason why he retired was because of Coughlin’s coaching style, even though it was that style that made Tiki the great player that he was. Also it was that style that won us the SuperBowl the season after Tiki retired.

Important to note is the Giants still have the rights to Tiki. So one, would Tiki come out of retirement if it meant playing for the coach that caused him to retire, and the team he has badmouthed ever since he left? Two, would the Giants even want him back considering they have Jacobs, Ware, and are planning on re-signing Bradshaw?

I guess If I’m the Giants I take him since I can’t see his salary being that high, and it is never a bad thing to have depth. Who knows, maybe he still has another good year in him.

Still that doesn’t answer if he’d want to come back to the Giants, and more importantly how would he affect the chemistry. Do the players still like him? Would they accept him back? It is a pretty interesting story.

What do people think? Would you want Tiki back? Would the players want Tiki back?