Tiki Barber set to make NFL return

Posted March 08, 2011 @ 2:40 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 4:30 ET

Tiki Barber, who last played in the NFL in 2006, has Barber has filed papers with the league to officially come out of retirement, according to his representatives at Maxx Sports and Entertainment.

The running back retired following a 10-year career with the Giants, during which he rushed for 10,449 and made three Pro Bowls. Since hanging up his cleats, Barber has worked in the media, first for NBC on "Football Night in America" and the "Today" show, and currently for Yahoo! Sports as an NFL analyst.

Last month, Barber's twin brother Ronde signed a new contract with the Buccaneers. The brothers will turn 36 on April 7.

The Giants released a statement on Barber's return, saying, "We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list."

The way we see it

This is a shocking announcement, given Barber's age and time away from the game. While he retired at the top of his game, having rushed for 1,662 yards and five TDs with 58 catches for 465 yards in his final season with the Giants, there is little hope he can generate that level of production now. Because the Giants have indicated that they will release him, Barber will be free to explore opportunities as a free agent.