After four years in retirement, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber is looking to get back into the NFL. It won't be with the Giants, though.
The Giants acknowledged on Tuesday that Barber, who will turn 36 on April 7, has asked to be taken off the reserve-retired list and that they will release him once the league allows it. Teams cannot make roster moves until the NFL’s ongoing labor issue is resolved.
In June 2010, the New York Post reported that Barber was broke and couldn’t pay his divorce settlement with his ex-wife.
Barber is the Giants’ career rushing leader with 10,449 yards, 22nd in league history.
He retired after the 2006 season, the year before the Giants’ stunning Super Bowl win over the previously undefeated New England Patriots. He had two years left on his contract when he left the game for a job in television, so the Giants still hold his rights.
Barber’s second career with NBC fizzled, and he did not help himself with New York metropolitan area fans, criticizing coach Tom Coughlin and former teammate Eli Manning, saying that the quarterback lacked some leadership skills.
Barber was booed by fans last season when Giants unveiled their ring of honor in their new $1.6 billion stadium.
Barber reportedly left his wife of 11 years, Ginny, for 23-year-old Traci Johnson, a former NBC intern. Ginny was eight months pregnant at the time. Soon after, NBC cited its morals clause and terminated Barber’s contract.
LEAGUE GIVES UNION MORE FINANCIAL INFO
The NFL Players Association retained an international investment bank to help it decide whether the league’s offer to reveal more financial information during negotiations will be enough to satisfy the union’s call for full disclosure.
Zeroing in on the crux of the labor dispute — how to split $9 billion in revenues — one NFLPA executive committee member, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, said that what the NFL has turned over to the union so far “hasn’t been sufficient.”
The current collective bargaining agreement was set to expire last week, but two extensions now have pushed the cutoff to the end of Friday.
NFL Films President Steve Sabol is recovering from a seizure in Kansas City, Mo. The 68-year-old Sabol was stricken Saturday and taken to a hospital. Former Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle testified at the trial of a woman accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend. Marni Yang, 43, of Chicago is accused of shooting Rhoni Reuter in October 2007, killing her and her unborn child.