Tampa Bay Bucs CB Ronde Barber retiring at 38 | NFL notes
Three-time All-Pro Ronde Barber is retiring after a 16-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that included a Super Bowl title and five Pro Bowl appearances.
TAMPA, Fla. — Three-time All-Pro Ronde Barber is retiring after a 16-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that included a Super Bowl title and five Pro Bowls.
The Bucs announced Wednesday the 38-year-old twin brother of former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber will not return to play on a defense overhauled since the end of last season. Tampa Bay acquired Darrelle Revis, former Husky Dashon Goldson and second-round draft pick Johnthan Banks for its secondary.
The retirement was first reported by FoxSports.com, which quoted Barber as saying: "I've had a better run than I ever could've dreamed of having."
Tiki Barber, who retired from the Giants after the 2006 season, had a post on his Twitter account that read: "Congrats & happy for my twin, Ronde, who's hanging up the cleats!"
Ronde Barber played cornerback for 15 seasons before moving to safety last year. He played his entire career with the Bucs and is the franchise leader in interceptions with 47. He also scored eight touchdowns and had 28 sacks in 241 games.
The Bucs began reshaping the defense with the signing of Goldson, an All-Pro safety last season in San Francisco, to a five-year, $41.25 million deal in free agency. Last month, the team traded the 13th overall pick in the draft to the New York Jets for Revis, a three-time All-Pro cornerback who also got a new six-year, $96 million deal.
49ers to play in
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco 49ers and Levi Strauss & Co. have reached an agreement for a $220 million, 20-year naming rights deal for the team's future stadium in Santa Clara.
While the stadium will be in the heart of technology-rich Silicon Valley, the San Francisco-based apparel company will hold the name: Levi's Stadium.
The upcoming season will be the 49ers' last at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
• The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Vikings have reached agreement on the Vikings' use of TCF Bank Stadium for two seasons. The Vikings will play outdoors on the university's Minneapolis campus in 2014 and 2015 while the team's new stadium is built on the site of the Metrodome.
• Cleveland Browns seventh-round draft pick Armonty Bryant was given a deferred one-year jail sentence after pleading no contest to a charge of drunken driving in Ada, Okla.
• The Browns signed free-agent offensive lineman Rashad Butler to a one-year contract. Butler spent the past six seasons with the Houston Texans.