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February 22, 2011 @ 1:50 pm
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Bucs Re-Sign CB Ronde Barber To 1-Year Deal

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Wolf Heard

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that veteran cornerback Ronde Barber has been re-signed to a one-year deal. Terms of the contract for the 15-year veteran were not disclosed.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris made it publicly known at the end of the 2010 season that he wanted his veteran cornerback and best friend back for another season. Morris got his wish when the team officially re-signed Ronde Barber to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

"We're excited that Ronde will continue to build on his Hall of Fame career in 2011," said general manager Mark Dominik. "Last season, Ronde once again showed that he's an invaluable professional and mentor to our young football team, both on and off the field. I'm also happy that our fans can continue to enjoy one of the Buccaneers' all-time greats."

Barber, who is the last remaining Bucs player from the Super Bowl winning team in 2002, has spent his entire 14-year career with Tampa Bay. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound Barber was a third-round pick out of Virginia in 1997.

During his career with the Bucs, Barber has been a five-time Pro Bowl selection, a three-time first team All-Pro selection, and was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. Barber also currently has the most consecutive starts (183) of any player not named Peyton Manning, and he is the only player in NFL history with 40 interceptions and at least 25 sacks (26).

In 2009, Barber had a productive season with 93 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, seven passes defensed, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery, but the veteran failed to record an interception for the first time in any season since he became a starter in 1998.

Barber, 35, rebounded with a stellar 2010 campaign. He played at a Pro Bowl level all season and finished with 102 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, 16 passes defensed, three interceptions, one sack, and one forced fumble.

For his career, Barber is second all-time in Buccaneers history with 1,258 tackles. He owns the team record for most interceptions with 40. Barber also has 26 career sacks, 120 passes defensed, and 11 forced fumbles. If Barber plays starts all 16 games in 2011, he will unseat linebacker Derrick Brooks as the record holder for most starts in team history with 225.
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    I think its great, With Barber future hall of fame on board then Tampa can pickup a CB in the latter rounds and groom for the future. Just like Safety Grimm came on board last year and he blossom until he was hurt. So great job Bucs, Now lets resign Cadillac at the RB so they can also groom a late round RB like Locke I believe from Kentucky. Also Tampa go out and Resign OG Joseph to a contact that he deserves at least for one or a two deal. GO BUCS. Oh one thing have Tampa bay look into drafting QB from Alabama. I think he would be a perfit fit in the backup position at Tampa. Since J Johnson will be traded to someone. GO BUCS 2.
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    I dont know why fans assume players want to be coaches. I would be shocked if Ronde came back to coach 80+ hours a week at a WAY lower salary.
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    even though ronde has lost a step, he's still invaluable in the terms of helping the youngsters learn a thing or two. glad to see you back ronde!
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    Step 1 done in the offseason. Once he retires, keep him on as a coach! Buc for life!
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    You think after fifteen years of service we would all know it's RONDE and not RHONDE. Also, how much is the contract for, is there an option for another year etc?
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    OH YEAH!!!!!
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    All is right now. Ronde is back!! This guy should be cloned. Side note: Any man who cries when another man retires is lame...That is all...Go Bucs
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    PR - I don't mean this offensively, but it appears you get scooped a lot. Several other places reported this way before you did, what gives? You also you to have a breaking news area on the old site...I miss it.
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    Awesome, Bay-bee!!
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    let go big this season for ronde, i am going to cry when he retires..
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    Welcome back ROnde !!! Lest get this man another *censored**n Ring !!!!
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    Good For Rhonde. Glad he is back GO BUCS
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