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Bucs secondary moves might make Barber moot

Mark Barron, Ronde Barber

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Mark Barron, left, and defensive back Ronde Barber watch workouts together from the sidelines during NFL football training camp, Friday, July 27, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


The Buccaneers didn’t wait for Ronde Barber to decide on his future before they dealt with the future of their secondary.

By signing free agent Dashon Goldson to pair with Mark Barron at safety, and trading for Darrelle Revis and drafting Johnthan Banks to fix the corner spot, there’s not much work for Barber if he does come back for a 17th season.

According to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times, that might make Barber a moot point.

Barber played free safety last year, and signing Goldson took care of that. He can also cover the slot, but unless Eric Wright is (an even bigger) bust, they should have three corners who can play it as well or better.

The question becomes whether they want him back at all, or if he wants to ride into the sunset as a little used dime back?