According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the Buccaneers and safety Ronde Barber are expected to meet this week to discuss the direction they’re headed in.
The decision is no different than the one the Barber and Bucs have had to make each of the last two or three years, but neither side has ever gone this deep into the calendar before stating their intentions.
That could be a sign Barber has yet to decide whether to retire or play a 17th season or it could be a sign the Bucs are ready to move on or are waiting to see if Barber will accept a non-starting role.
It will be interesting to see if the 37 year-old Barber will want to play another season. He was still able to rack up 92 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 4 interceptions in 2012.