TAMPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber has decided to retire after 16 seasons.
Barber told FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer he has made a final decision and his brother Tiki confirmed the report through Twitter.
The Bucs were open to his return even though they signed free agent safety Dashon Goldson from the San Francisco 49ers and traded for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The Bucs did not comment immediately, but USA Today reported the retirement after getting confirmation from a person who learned about the decision.
Barber, a five-time pro bowler, finishes with 47 career interceptions and 28 sacks. He was a key member of the famed 2002 Buccaneers defense that beat the Oakland Raiders 45-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.