Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris says the team will bring veteran cornerback Ronde Barber back for a 15th season, Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times reports.
“He’s coming back,” Morris said. “It’s just a matter of deciding how much he’s worth and all that. But our starting right cornerback will be back. He’ll be our starting right corner as long as he keeps playing at a high level.”
Barber earned $3 million in 2010, and is scheduled to be a free agent this off-season. Barber has appeared in 208 consecutive games for the Buccaneers, starting 183 straight, the second-longest active starting streak in the NFL.
A five-time Pro Bowler and member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000s, Barber has 40 career interceptions, 7 of which he’s returned for touchdowns. Barber has added 26 quarterback sacks, the only player in NFL history with 40 interceptions and 25 sacks, helping his case to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame when his playing career does come to an end.