Bucs in no hurry to discuss Ronde Barber's future
It's hard to know if all the sand has run out of the hour glass for safety Ronde Barber, who is deciding whether to play a 17th season. But the Bucs aren't in a hurry to discuss his future.
Coach Greg Schiano confirmed Friday there has been no attempt to have a dialogue with Barber, who has no contract for 2014. General manager Mark Dominik said he plans to talk with Barber prior to the start of free agency March 12.
The reason? Schiano wants Barber to have sufficient time to heal from the bumps and bruises of an NFL season before making a decision. And the Bucs are also evaluating their options in the draft and free agency to determine what -- if any -- role they would have to offer Barber next season.
"We're going to have to see. We haven't talked yet,'' Schiano said. "Purposely. We're trying to figure out, we evaluated everybody, we're trying to figure out where we're going. He's trying to figure it out. I want to give him enough time to where the soreness is gone. He needs to get away and (say), "Now what do I really want to do?' Let's not make decisions based on, "my ankle still hurts.' When you get to the stage of the career where he is, things just take a little longer to get better. They heal a little slower. Once he starts feeling good again, he can make a decision.
"There's plenty of opportunity for us to make the right decision. We don't have to -- and I'm a true believer in that -- don't rush just so you can check off the box. Let things unfold, because sometimes decision have a way of working themselves out. Sometimes you make the wrong decision because you make it at the wrong time. We have time and I think it's on our side, I mean Ronde's and ours. Collectively, we'll communicate. One thing, as I said all year long, he was awesome for me and our team. He embodies what the Bucs are about.''