Monday, June 20, 2011
Dolphins, Pats possibilities for Tiki Barber?
In taking a look at landing spots for free-agent running back Tiki Barber, ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton includes a pair of AFC East teams among five possibilities.
Clayton considers the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots to be legitimate options, rating them Nos. 3 and 5 because they could use a complementary back who does what Barber can.
On the Dolphins, Clayton writes: "Coach Tony Sparano has to decide if he can bring Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown back to the roster. Neither back, though, fills the role of pass-catcher. The Dolphins plan to remain a running team, so it wouldn't hurt to have a veteran back with Barber's experience in big games."
On the Patriots, Clayton writes: "No coach in football appreciates older backs as much as Bill Belichick. Kevin Faulk and Fred Taylor are 35. Sammy Morris is 34. If Faulk retires or the Patriots don’t re-sign him, Faulk's role in the Patriots' backfield fits Barber’s skills."