Tampa Bay’s best defensive back for over ten years, Ronde Barber, has done an incredible job of staying productive into his mid-thirties. In order to continue his production, GM Mark Dominik stated Barber will likely play safety in 2012.
At 37 years old, Barber’s tackling skills have dwindled, but his ability to intercept the ball has remained a constant. He has six interceptions since the start of the 2010 season.
Barber actually began taking snaps at safety before the Draft took place in April, according to RotoWorld
. The Buccaneers' GM just reemphasized in a radio interview this week the team’s goal to have Barber switch positions.
The long-time corner could still see some time at cornerback in nickel package situations. Barber would cover the slot receiver while Buccaneer Cody Grimm would replace him at safety.
This will be Barber’s 16th
season in the NFL which all have been with Tampa Bay. He is a five-time nominee to the Pro Bowl, as well as a three-time All-Pro. Barber has one year remaining on his contract and will be paid three million dollars this season.