Contract Talk: Dominique Barber
Patrick D. Starr
It this series we are going to look at the potential free agents of the Houston Texans, and figure out if they work into the plans for the coming years….
Dominique Barber was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2008 in the 6th round with the 173rd overall selection out of Minnesota. He is only one of the remaining two players from the Texans 2008 draft class still with the Texans, Duane Brown is the other. Barber has been a special teams warrior for the Texans since coming to Houston, and fought hard to win a roster spot in 2011.
Barber had his 2011 season cut short against the Baltimore Ravens in week 6 with a lins franc injury that landed him on the injured reserve. Barber has appeared in 39 games for the Texans in 4 years, but his last two have been injury plagued. In 2010, he had a knee issue which also cut his season short.
As for this past season, Barber won his position as leader of the special teams and as the 4th safety on the roster. He was used very sparing in defense before his injury and was buried in the safety rotation behind emerging player Troy Nolan. When Barber went on the injured list the Texans brought back, preseason cut, Quintin Demps and promoted rookie safety Shiloh Keo to the active roster. Both Demps and Keo provided some much-needed spark to an injury riddled Texans team.
With that said Barber looks like he will be fighting for a roster spot heading into 2011 camp, but to think the Texans will offer him a deal when there is plenty of depth at the position is questionable. If Keo was not in Houston then maybe, but the NFL always looks to go younger and cheaper and it might be the case for Barber's future.
Chances coming back to Houston: Slim because of the numbers game.
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