Deciding to put off his retirement for one season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed Ronde’ Barber to a one-year deal.
Barber is going to turn 36 next season, but has been the definition of stability and reliability during his 14-year career — a career that could end with an induction into Canton.
Barber played in only one game in his rookie season, but he has not missed a game since then. Barber has also started every game since 2000.
The Buccaneers have had a difficult time holding onto free agents over the past few seasons, but after a 10-6 season that bred a lot of confidence in this team moving forward, they should not only be able to retain their own guys, but attract a couple of the estimated 500 free agents once a new CBA is in place.
Keeping a veteran like Barber will help the Bucs’ youth movement take the next step into being serious contenders.