Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ronde Barber will return to the Bucs for 16th season


Cornerback Ronde Barber has told the Bucs he will return for a 16th season, the team confirmed Wednesday according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times.

"I'm pleased to announce that I'll be back for my 16th season as a Buccaneer,'' Barber said in a statement released by the team. "I'm really excited about the direction of the team, the moves we've made, and I can't wait to get back to work.''

Barber, who turns 37 next month and owns the NFL's longest starting streak at 199 games. He suffered a broken right arm in the season finale at Atlanta and did not play in the second half of that game but is expected to be ready to participate in off-season workouts.

Barber, a five-time Pro Bowler, was the team's most consistent defensive player last season with 79 tackles, a sack and three interceptions.

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