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Barber twins in Tampa Bay? Bucs coach Morris says, 'I'm sure he can help someone, if not us'



Tiki Barber is coming out of retirement and it's possible he could join his twin brother, Ronde, in Tampa Bay.

Bucs coach Raheem Morris said he'd support the decision of the former Giants' star to return to the NFL at age 35. Tiki Barber has not played since 2006 but said he was encouraged by the success of Ronde, who signed a one-year, $4-million contract last month to return for a 15th season.

The Bucs had the youngest team in the NFL last season, including running back LeGarrette Blount, who led all rookies with 1,007 yards and six touchdowns. But Cadillac Williams, who turns 29 next month, is a free agent. Morris said that while he hasn't had any discussions with general manager Mark Dominik about Tiki Barber, he's not ready to rule him out for 2011.

"When you're talking about those type of great players, you've always got to have interest,'' Morris said. "And if he's got the heart and the desire and the fire, I say you do it. It's no different than his brother. He's one of those guys who doesn't know when he's going to run out of gas. It happens to all of us. It happens to the best of us. But if he's got a little bit left, I encourage him to doing it. Highly.

"You know me, we always discuss those guys who can help us. Obviously, we haven't been going in that direction and coming off the layoff and all that stuff and where it's going to go, where our young football team is, I don't know if we have the ability to do that. I'm sure he can help someone, if not us, if it ever came to that.''

Tiki Barber said his brother's performance in 2010 inspired him to make a comeback.

"After seeing how much fun Ronde is still having it re-ignited my fire and I'm looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was," Barber told  

Barber compiled 10,455 yards and 55 touchdowns from 1996-2006, both Giants records. The Giants said Tuesday they would release Tiki Barber from their reserve/retired list whenever they are allowed to resume transactions under a new collective bargaining agreement. 

"You never rule out anything,'' Morris said. "You look into it, you investigate it and make a decision as an organization.''

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 9:50pm]


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