“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” the now 36-year-old Barber told the New York Post. “I’m not saying I’m coming in and being an every-down guy or going to rush for 1,800 yards again, but I know I can play this game and be a contributor. I’m not trying to be who I was.”
Before his retirement four years ago, Barber closed out a solid 10-year career with two of his most productive seasons. He rushed for a career-high 1,860 yards and added nine touchdowns. He followed it up with a 1,662-yard, five-touchdown campaign in what was then his final NFL season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers seem like the outside favorite for Barber’s services. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have already shot down their speculated interest in Barber, have still not shaken their link with him either.
For Barber, however, there is a distinct situation he is looking to walk into.
“I’ll be somewhere where I know the people, know the staff,” Barber said. “It will be a team that needs some veteran leadership or just needs a little push or needs somebody they can count on to fit a role.”
Whomever that team is, Barber wants to give them a head’s-up that he won’t be the same guy who claims the Giants all-time leading rusher title.