AFC West: Tiki Barber

I want to revisit a link I saw while I was on vacation last week.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com (yes, he’s been popular on the AFC West blog today) listed Denver as one of five potential landing for former New York Giants’ running back Tiki Barber. Barber, 36, is attempting a comeback after a five-year layoff.

Brooks connects Barber to the Broncos because Barber and new Denver coach John Fox were in New York together. Brooks also mentions the Broncos’ need for a veteran running back as a reason why Denver could be interested.

If the Broncos want my advice (I’m sure they do not), I’d say stay away from Barber. The Broncos are rebuilding. They don’t need a running back north of 35 who has five years of rust on his legs. Barber is a novelty act. The Broncos are not in the position to engage in sideshows these days. Their sole focus needs to be on getting better.

Yes, the Broncos need a veteran tailback to pair with Knowshon Moreno. But there will be plenty available in free agency. And all of them are younger than 36 and have played in the NFL in the past five years.

That’s the route to go in Denver. Let some other team go to the Barber.

Evening AFC West notes

June, 20, 2011
6/20/11
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New Denver coach John Fox is waiting to start working with his players.
The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly continuing to study the top pass-rushers available. NFL.com is reporting the Chiefs are going to have a private workout with Temple defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. He is one of the top risers in the draft. The Chiefs have the No. 21 pick in the April 28 draft.

The Chiefs also reportedly have workouts scheduled with Missouri’s Aldon Smith and Georgia’s Justin Houston. Both Smith and Houston are pass-rushers who are expected to be taken in the first round.

In other early Tuesday nuggets in the AFC West:
  • The Denver Post reports the Broncos are not interested in running back Tiki Barber, who is trying to attempt a comeback. He hasn’t played since 2006 and he will soon turn 36. New Denver coach John Fox was an assistant with the New York Giants when Barber was a player. I think it is a smart move not to show interest in Barber. There are plenty of other running backs in the sea. And all of them aren’t over the hill and have played in the past four years.
  • The Chargers are not changing their season-ticket policy during the lockout.

Evening AFC West notes

March, 9, 2011
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Denver will reportedly have a pre-draft visit with Oklahoma running back Demarco Murray. I don’t put too much stock into pre-draft visits. Every team conducts several visits prior to the draft. Yet, it is interesting that Denver is looking at running backs. New Denver coach John Fox will clearly look to add help for Knowshon Moreno either through the draft or in free agency. Murray could be a third-fourth round prospect.
  • Oakland is set to visit with Fresno State defensive end/linebacker Chris Carter. He is expected to be a mid-round prospect.
  • Adam Schefter lists the Broncos and Raiders as two of his four options as potential landing spots for Tiki Barber in his comeback. I could see minor, but not major interest from the Broncos and Raiders.
Could this unexpected news have an impact on the AFC West?

Tiki Barber is coming out of retirement. He hasn’t played since 2006. His rights are owned by the Giants, but there’s no guarantee the Giants would want him. If Barber becomes free, would a player who hasn’t played in five years and who is a month from turning 36 create interest in the AFC West?

I’d doubt there would be a ton of interest. New Denver coach John Fox spent time on the Giants’ coaching staff and he knows Barber. Fox loves to run the ball and he loves veterans. So, I’d say Denver would be the most logical landing spot for Barber in the AFC West. Yet, I wouldn’t say Barber would be a high priority because of his age and length of inactivity.

And, of course, you can never discount Al Davis when it comes to veterans. Davis loves big names and winners. If Michael Bush leaves as a free agent, Oakland could use a running back.

But again, it all goes back to the fact that Barber hasn’t played in five years. Would anybody really be interested?

UPDATE: Forget about the Giants wanting to keep Barber. The team plans to release him from the reserve/retired list.

Chargers' Tomlinson nears milestone

November, 21, 2008
11/21/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The San Diego Chargers have more to worry about than individual milestones. The 4-6 Chargers are entering a must-win situation Sunday night against Indianapolis.

But amid the urgency, LaDainian Tomlinson is inching toward a significant personal accomplishment. He is now six catches away from becoming the fifth running back ever to amass 10,000 career rushing yards and catch 500 balls. This is another reason Tomlinson will be a Hall of Fame inductee. Tomlinson may not be having a great season but he is still effective. And if he gets those six catches on Sunday, it will go a long way in helping the Chargers beat the Colts.

Dual Threat
 Rush yds.Receptions
Marcus Allen12,243587
Tiki Barber10,449586
Marshall Faulk12,279767
Emmitt Smith18,355515
LaDainian Tomlinson11,336494
Warrick Dunn10,65789

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