Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who played much of his career on the same team as former Giants running back Tiki Barber, thinks he knows the reason why Barber hasn't drawn interest from any NFL teams after deciding to make a comeback at age 36.
"I feel like everything else scared everyone away,” Strahan said this morning on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike Show. "It wasn’t even about football. I don’t feel like football was the reason that no one brought him in, because that’s the easy part for him. I think it was the reputation things that probably scared more teams away ... I was surprised by it,” Strahan said. “I feel like he has a few more years in him.”
Barber decided to come out of retirement four years after leaving the Giants because he thought he'd catch on with a team for the 2011 season. That team was almost certainly the Steelers, whose coach, Mike Tomlin, apparently encouraged Barber he still had some good years left on the football field. But the Steelers never contacted Barber; the closest Barber came to getting back was a tryout with the Dolphins last month.
“Did everything in our locker room work out great with him? Not all the time, but everything didn’t work out great with everybody,” Strahan said. “Did he get along with everybody? He probably didn’t get along, got along with less guys because he wasn’t reaching out to a lot of the younger players.”