Will Tiki Barber Return To Football As A Carolina Panther?
CHARLOTTE, NC – Following the off-season signing of 30-year old tight end Jeremy Shockey, and the rumors of a possible Jake Delhomme return, there's talk of another former star calling Carolina home.
After five years behind the desk on TV, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber announced he wants to return to the NFL. Now, word is the 36-year-old may be an ideal fit for the Panthers.
Hopefully, the NFL lockout is coming to an end. We know team owners are pushing hard for a rookie wage scale in the agreement.
According to the previous rules, #1 overall pick Cam Newton's rookie contract could have fetched him up to $60 million in guaranteed money, before even stepping foot onto an NFL field. But, that might not be the case anymore, because high rookie-contracts are likely the first thing on the cost-cutting chopping block.
One thing is for certain: Cam wants Steve Smith to stay in Charlotte.
We're told Smith briefly contemplated retiring this off-season as his wife dealt with health issues. However, with those concerns behind him, he'll need to decide if he wants to be Carolina's premiere receiver at age 32.