Not worth the trouble
According to his agent, Tiki Barber supposedly is "flabbergasted" that no NFL team was interested in giving him a shot to make their team this preseason, even though he's 36 and has been out of the NFL for four years. The fact Barber didn't see this coming in further proof that, despite his intelligence, he's one of the most tone-deaf athletes the NFL has seen.
No team is going to give Barber a shot, even after the season begins and injuries mount, because he's not worth the trouble. No one wants to deal with the drama that follows Barber everywhere he goes.
Barber was a great player and had a nice career. But it's over.
He's no Marcus Allen
The party might be over for Tiki Barber. His only hope would be some sort of plague that affects running backs. Barber is 36 and hasn't played in five years. The odds against any back as old as Barber being effective are strong.
The only running back in NFL history who was fairly productive at Barber's age was Marcus Allen. He rushed for 830 yards and averaged 4 yards per carry as a 36-year-old after reviving his career with the Chiefs. Though Allen was a forgotten man for the better part of four years with the Raiders, he never stopped playing, as Barber did.
Most teams would prefer to try a younger, cheaper player who is willing and able to contribute any way possible, including on special teams.
He's a real nowhere man
Tiki Barber's agent did what he's paid to do when he expressed disbelief that his client didn't receive much of an opportunity to make an NFL roster. But Barber and his agent might be the only people surprised that Barber is unemployed entering the season.
Don't expect Barber to land somewhere after the season begins either.
Between 2002 and 2006, Barber ran for at least 1,200 yards every season. He had a great career.
But he hasn't played since '06.
Come back after one year of retirement? Fine. Two years? OK, maybe. But after four years? Come on.
Douse the Tiki torch
Los Angeles Times
I don't think any team will be desperate enough to sign Tiki Barber, especially now that he's strongly indicating — through his agent — that he's moving on with his life.
Running backs commonly hit the wall around 30 and their statistics nose dive in the years that follow. Barber is 36 and hasn't played since 2006, when he retired as the Giants' all-time rushing and receptions leader. He's a talented guy, and I suppose there would be a nice, sentimental story were he to join his twin brother, Ronde, with the Buccaneers.
But that move wouldn't make much football sense. There are plenty of young backs who are good enough to merit a chance in the league. There is life after "Good Morning America" for Barber, but it's not back in the NFL. Good night, Tiki.