The news of Tiki Barber’s pending return to the NFL this week was met with some serious doubt that teams would hold any interest in the former Giants running back, who will be 36 at the start of next season.
The Giants certainly aren’t welcoming him back, and when asked about a Band of Barber Brothers in Tampa, Bucs coach Raheem Morris was diplomatic in his support of Tiki, and for the record, wouldn’t rule out the idea.
But one voice has spoken up and would greet Barber with open arms. Former Giants coach Jim Fassel, who coached Barber during his first six seasons in New Jersey, is now president/GM/coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives and told the New York Daily News he plans on letting Barber know he has a spot for him in the UFL.
“He says he wants to play in the NFL,” Fassel said. “If he wants to come play in our league, I would be happy to have him.”
We’re guessing that’s probably not what Barber had in mind, given the disparity between the paycheck for a 10-year NFL veteran ($860,000 base for veterans of 10-plus seasons in 2010) and the $50,000 to $55,000 (plus bonuses) UFL players brought in last season.