When Raheem Morris was hired by the Redskins one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind was, "hey, Ronde is a free agent this year". I thought about it for a second and then just kind of dismissed it. After all, Ronde Barber basically is the Tampa Buccaneers. Barber has spent all fifteen years of his career in Tampa, five of which he was a pro bowler. He's the franchise's all-time leader in interceptions and has been as solid as any player could be for any team.
But the connection keep popping up in my head:
- Raheem Morris is here
- Bruce Allen is here
- Ronde is from Roanoke
- Our secondary blows
Apparently I'm not as crazy as I thought, as now ESPN's Pat Yasinsaks is hinting at the same thing:
It's also possible Barber might want to continue playing, but a new coaching staff could decide to start fresh and give him the same treatment Derrick Brooks got in 2009 and let him walk. If that happens, don't be surprised if Barber ends up in Washington, where former Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris is now coaching the secondary.
Smart money is on Barber retiring or staying in Tampa, but we can't dismiss the possibility of him in burgundy and gold just yet. If we fail to add a young corner via free agency or do not want to allocate resources to improving the secondary during the draft then why not join the Rent-A-Barber program? A secondary of Barber, Hall, Wilson is an instant upgrade and add some versatility. Also, is Barber a potential fit at safety, if need be?