Tampa Bay Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - At 37 and entering his 16th NFL season, Ronde Barber is embracing the challenge of learning a new position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A five-time Pro Bowl cornerback who's making the transition to safety in first-year coach Greg Schiano's system, Barber not only is receptive to the move but excited about the team's prospects of rebounding from a 4-12 finish that included 10 consecutive losses to end last season.
"I was telling a friend the other day, assuming I change positions, It's not often after 16 years you find a new challenge in your 16th year or new opportunities to prove yourself. I'm very comfortable not being status quo," said Barber.
Schiano was lured away from Rutgers to replace the fired Raheem Morris. He's bolstered one of the league's youngest rosters with the addition of veterans Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Eric Wright and re-signed Barber to a one-year deal with expectations that the twin brother of Tiki Barber can continue to perform at a high level.