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Door remains open for Ronde Barber in Tampa Bay

But starting job no longer available Brad Biggs

Print This April 29, 2013, 03:23 PM EST

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t using all of their resources to rebuild the team’s secondary.

But it sure seems like it.

The Bucs have loaded up since free agency opened, signing safety Dashon Goldson before trading to acquire cornerback Darrelle Revis. Then, the Bucs added Mississippi State cornerback Johnathan Banks in the second round of the draft on Friday.

Now?

The club is still hopeful veteran Ronde Barber will return for another season even if a starting role is no longer an option, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. Goldson will play the free safety spot Barber held last year and the starting corners are set with Revis, Eric Wright and now Banks in the mix.

“When Ronde reaches out, we’ll have a conversation and we’ll talk through that,” Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said.

Barber could lend a guiding hand to some of the younger players but it’s possible he’ll decide to hang ’em up.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune
 

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