Obviously, this is a bit of a surprise for football fans, especially New Yorkers. Barber, who at one time had been the face of the Giants organization and the owner of a wholesome image, has seen both his broadcasting career and marriage fail over the past year.
Barber left the NFL (many felt prematurely) when he suddenly retired after 10 years in the league. The Giants won the Super Bowl the following season despite Barber's insinuations that Eli Manning was not a capable NFL QB.
The team's success without Barber, especially in the ground game, cast doubt as to how much of an asset he truly was during his time with the Giants. While he had been a standout on a mediocre team that lacked a high amount of star power, his early exit and controversial comments after leaving soured his image with a fanbase that had once chanted his name.
Ralph Vacchiano confirms that the Giants still maintain the rights to Barber and thus would have to either release him, deal him, or add him to the roster in order for the former star to play in the NFL this year. Don't expect the Giants to retain him. Best bet is he will simply be let go.
The Giants have officially addressed the issue and in doing so made it clear that they do not intend to retain Barber, but do wish him the best. He will be released as soon as the CBA situation allows.