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Bucs Barber may have played his last game, ponders where he fits with team's future



Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber completed his 14th -- and perhaps final -- season on Sunday at New Orleans.
The last link to the Bucs' Super Bowl team is 35 and does not have a contract for next season. The lack of a collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the player's union, coupled with the ascension of cornerbacks Aqib Talib, E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis, makes Barber's future uncertain.

Barber sounded Sunday like he wants to continue playing, but he said the decision will become more clear in the next several weeks.

"There's not a list, but there’s definitely some deals,'' Barber said of the factors he will consider. "I have to fit into the future of this team, whether it’s a one or two year future  We’ve got a lot of young, talented guys at my position, regardless of whether I can play or not, if I still have it or mot. There’s other factors other than me just wanting to be here and continue to play. And it’s got to be mutually beneficial, that’s the name of the game. I’ll think about it. Whether it is or whether it isn’t my last game today, I played with a lot of pride, man, and had fun doing it. Those things will become clear I think in the next couple of weeks.’

[Last modified: Sunday, January 2, 2011 9:41pm]


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