Monday, September 5, 2011
Updated: September 6, 9:08 AM ET
Agent: Tiki Barber deserved better
ESPN.com news services
The agent for Tiki Barber told Sports Illustrated's website Sunday that he is "flabbergasted" that no NFL teams gave his client a shot to make their squads this offseason.
The 36-year-old former New York Giants running back surprisingly retired in 2006 to pursue a broadcasting career. Then, just as surprisingly, he decided to give the NFL another shot this season.
"We are flabbergasted that Tiki has not had an opportunity with any team, especially when rosters were at 90 players this year," agent Mark Lepselter told SI.com. "I certainly thought some team would be intrigued to see what he had left in the tank.''
The NFL allowed teams to have 90 players in training camps this year due to the shortened offseason created by the lockout. Teams had to get down to the mandatory 53-player limit by Saturday.
The Miami Dolphins were the only team Barber worked out for once the lockout ended.
Barber is the Giants' career rushing leader with 10,449 yards, 22nd best in league history. He told HBO Sports in June that he has battled depression after his retirement and that he hoped to play again in the NFL to restore his confidence.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.