AFC West: Tiki Barber
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.
- Pro Football Weekly speculates the end could be near for Brian Waters in Kansas City. I wouldn’t be shocked if Waters sticks around Kansas City for another season.
- Sports Illustrated’s Peter King looks at some possible landing spots for Oakland free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The Raiders aren’t on King’s list.
- The Contra Costa Times has a look at the unlikely journey of Oakland rookie running back Taiwan Jones.
- The Kansas City Star looks at the challenge Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has during the lockout.
- Denver Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little believes the lockout should end now. Amen, Floyd, amen.
- The Associated Press has details of the April stabbing of Denver linebacker Jason Hunter. His agent said Hunter is doing well.
- ESPN’s John Clayton looks at possible landing spots for running back Tiki Barber, who is planning a comeback after a long layoff. There are not any AFC West teams on Clayton’ list. I agree with him. I don’t see any fits in the division for Barber, either.
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.
- Oakland is set to visit with Fresno State defensive end/linebacker Chris Carter. He is expected to be a mid-round prospect.
- Denver’s brass got another look at defensive tackle Marcell Dareus of Alabama. He is a candidate for Denver to take at No. 2.
- 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.
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.
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.