Barron Already Leading for the Bucs

This news isn’t surprising:

But here’s the twist: Barber, the five-time Pro Bowl selection at cornerback who holds the franchise’s interception record, said the learning goes both ways.

“There are definitely some things that I learn about the position from him,” Barber said. “I’ve seen a lot over the years, and I’ve played with some great safeties. So I’m not worried about my confidence level back there. But it’s good being out there with Mark [Barron]. I’m figuring out what to do, and he’s figuring out the defense. I’m trying to teach him to be a professional. There are definitely things that are beneficial.”

It’s an ideal relationship for the Bucs. They have the consummate professional in Barber — a player who has surprised even the team’s first-year coaching staff with his uncompromising work ethic — teaming with a businesslike rookie they believe can be great.



Barron Set to Sign with Bucs

Sounds like Mark Barron may be ready to sign with the Buccaneers:

Based on some of the rumblings on the NFL grapevine, the next one could be Bucs safety Mark Barron.

Barron, the seventh overall selection, is represented by CAA, which also represents Griffin. And Browns running back Trent Richardson (the third overall pick). And Vikings tackle Matt Kalil (the fourth overall pick).

Barron falls in a potential wasteland of holdouts, behind Jags receiver Justin Blackmon at No. 5, Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne at No. 6, and Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill at No. 8. Last year, the Bucs were willing to overdo things at bit at No. 20, fully guaranteeing defensive end Adrian Clayborn’s deal even though the slot ultimately didn’t justify it.