Today in NFC South history

February, 22, 2013
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On this date in 2011, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed veteran cornerback Ronde Barber to a one-year contract even though it was apparent the league was headed for a lockout.

But that didn’t stop the Bucs from making sure they had Barber for at least one more year. As it’s turned out, they’ve had Barber for at least two more seasons. He also signed a one-year contract before the 2012 season, when he made the move to safety.

Judging by Barber’s recent history, we should find out soon if he’ll back for another season with the Bucs. It’s only logical that the Bucs would want an answer from Barber on if he plans to retire or wants to play another season before the league year starts on March 12.

Barber considered retirement last offseason, but the Bucs lobbied him hard and he decided to keep playing. It’s unclear if the Bucs are lobbying Barber again. He still was productive last season. But you have to wonder if, at some point, the Bucs would like to get younger in the defensive backfield.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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