Former New York Giants rusher Tiki Barber returned to the NFL as a free agent, but comes up short because no team invited him to training camp, and his agent says he’s devastated.
Barber’s agent, Mark Lepselter, told Sports Illustrated he was stunned no one took a shot at the 36-year-old running back, who retired in 2006.
“We are flabbergasted that Tiki has not had an opportunity with any team, especially when rosters were at 90 players this year,” Lepselter said. “I certainly thought some team would be intrigued to see what he had left in the tank.”
With the off season shortened by a lengthy lockout, teams could invite up to 90 players to camp. Even so, interest to Barber’s agent remains quiet, except for one team.
The Miami Dolphins invited him for a workout, but that was the extent of the interest in his services. Barber, who rushed for 10,449 yards with the Giants, maintains he has stayed in NFL-ready shape and could contribute immediately.
Fans are growing tired of players leaving the game for retirement and then hoping for another chance on the field. Like Barber, quarterback Brett Favre wanted to return, and he did twice. However, it doesn’t leave enough room for his legacy to shine when there’s scandal.
Barber left his pregnant wife for a young intern. A scandal that shook the NFL and his former teammates. The football league is probably growing tired of the off-field drama.