Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber still noncommittal about 2012 return

ST. PETE BEACH — Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber, who becomes a free agent next month and has been pondering retirement, said Saturday night that he remains noncommittal about returning for a 16th season.

"Things have to play themselves out, like they did last year," Barber, 36, said at former teammate Shelton Quarles' charity event at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel. "We'll have a meeting of the minds, like we did last year, and if I fit in, we'll go from there.

"I'm not allowing myself to lean one way or the other. I'm pretty sure where I stand, but I haven't allowed myself to commit."

Barber agreed last year with general manager Mark Dominik to approach his remaining seasons year to year. He played 2011 on a one-year deal.

The coaching change that led to the dismissal of Barber's close friend Raheem Morris could affect his decision. Barber recently met briefly with new coach Greg Schiano. Schiano seems like he has strong convictions, Barber said. "I think that's what we were looking for with the hire."

Another interview no: For the third time in two weeks, Schiano has been denied an opportunity to interview another team's assistant for one of his coordinator posts, according to a report. The 49ers declined to make defensive backs coach Ed Donatell available to discuss becoming the Bucs' defensive coordinator, said.

The Bucs have been denied permission to interview two other assistants in recent weeks: Cardinals quarterbacks coach John McNulty and the Packers' Ben McAdoo, the tight ends coach who last week was promoted to quarterbacks coach. McNulty and McAdoo were candidates for the Bucs' offensive coordinator post, which was filled Friday by Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan.

If an assistant coach is under contract, NFL rules allow teams to prohibit the assistant from interviewing for other jobs unless the job is a head coaching position.

NFL nixed Nixon blackout plan: The NFL, which is trying to maintain its TV blackout of home games that don't sell out, missed an opportunity 40 years ago to preserve a more restrictive policy when it rebuffed an effort by President Richard Nixon to lift the hometown blackout for playoff games.

On a previously unreported tape recording, now in the National Archives, Nixon told Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst to offer commissioner Pete Rozelle a deal: allow playoff games to be televised in the host city and the president would block any legislation requiring regular-season home games to be televised as well. At the time, the NFL blacked out all home games, whether they were sellouts or not. Rozelle rebuffed the attorney general.

Packers: Receiver Donald Driver said he's willing to take a pay cut to stay with the team. Driver, who turned 37 on Feb. 2, finished his 13th season in Green Bay with 37 receptions, 445 yards and six touchdowns. The catches and yardage were his lowest since the 2001 season. He's scheduled to earn a $2.6 million salary in 2012 and a $2.2 million roster bonus in March.

Rams: Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead accepted an offer to become general manager, reported.

Steelers: In the wake of a report the team is planning to cut him, Hines Ward reiterated that he wants to retire with the franchise and will restructure his contract to do it. reported Friday that the team is planning to get rid of Ward, the franchise's all-time leading receiver who turns 36 next month. Ward is scheduled to make $4 million in 2012.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber still noncommittal about 2012 return 02/11/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays morning after: Are cold bats a sign of things to come?


    How does an offense that has ranked among the most productive in the league for seven weeks go so cold?

  2. Calvary Christian takes strong lineup, defense to state baseball tournament


    CLEARWATER — No matter what happens in Friday's Class 4A state semifinal against Delray Beach American Heritage, Calvary Christian has already had a historic season. The unbeaten Warriors have won 28 games and qualified for the school's first state baseball tournament.

    The addition of Nolan Hudi to the rotation made a difference, said Calvary Christian coach Greg Olsen. “It was huge.”
  3. Former Buc Mike Glennon says right things about Bears QB situation


    Mike Glennon's go-to line about being recognized around town since becoming a Bear worked as well as ever, producing laughs.

    Quarterback Mike Glennon, shown last season with the Bucs before signing in the offseason with the Bears, is showing good humor about a looming competition in Chicago. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021


    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]