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Tiki Barber moves on, although agent is ‘flabbergasted’ that no one wanted him

Tiki Barber and his fiancee,Traci Lynn Johnson. It would be wrong to snark on the name of the movie they’re attending. We’re better than that. (Evan Agostini / AP)

Barber, 36, has been out of the NFL since retiring from the New York Giants in 2006 to begin a broadcasting career. With that career fizzling after a messy divorce and poor analogy choices, Barber surprised observers by unretiring.

“We are flabbergasted that Tiki has not had an opportunity with any team, especially when rosters were at 90 players this year,” his agent, Mark Lepselter, told’s Peter King. “I certainly thought some team would be intrigued to see what he had left in the tank.”

Only the Miami Dolphins brought Barber, the Giants’ career rushing leader, in for a workout — and the Dolphins went with Redskins reject Larry Johnson. And Lepselter took issue with SI’s quote that Barber is “devastated.” He is, Lepselter said, moving on. “This is the last time I am speaking on this subject in any way, shape or form,” he told the New York Post. “You can't worry about the things in life you can't control and Tiki has moved forward accordingly.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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