Let's make a deal: CB Barber wants to return to Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber confirmed Wednesday that he will return for a 15th season with the team if the sides can work out a contract, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

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Barber made his remarks one day after Bucs coach Raheem Morris said he had no doubt the five-time Pro Bowl safety would be back for the up-and-coming team, which nearly made the playoffs one season after going 3-13.

"I'm not trying to create any drama about my situation," Barber wrote in a text message to the Times. "I just haven't spoken to (general manager) Mark (Dominik) about next year yet. I'm certain I will soon, though. Rah's intentions are very clear though and I would be lying if I thought otherwise at this point. But nothing is done."

Barber, 35, showed no signs of slowing down during the 2010 season, making 81 tackles (third on the team) and three interceptions (second). He has shown impressive durability, with 183 consecutive starts in 208 straight games.

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