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Barber may be entering final season with Bucs

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By Dan Parr

Ronde Barber has yet to decide when he'll retire, but there's a good chance this will be his last year with the Buccaneers, even if he doesn't call it quits after the season. He'll be a free agent in 2011, and Tampa Bay has been preparing for his departure by drafting CBs Aqib Talib in the first round in '08 and Myron Lewis in the third round this year. Lewis, who has a nice combination of size and speed, could open the season as the nickel back but will eventually replace Barber as a starter, perhaps as early as this season, depending on how each player performs. Barber, 35, isn't as quick as he used to be and didn't have a single interception last season. Prior to '09, Barber had made at least two interceptions every year since 1998, including 10 in 2001. He could end up as the full-time slot corner in the nickel package at some point this season or in years to come if he continues playing.


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