NEW YORK (AP) — Tiki Barber says his attempt to return to the NFL after four years in retirement is not about money.

The 36-year-old former New York Giants’ running back has asked the team to take him off the reserve-retirement list in March. The Giants say they will release him once the league allows it. Teams have not been allowed to make roster moves because of the labor fight.

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Last year, the New York Post reported Barber was broke and couldn’t pay his divorce settlement.

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Barber tells The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he made “a lot of money” when he was playing and working in television. He insists he now needs a goal, “something to focus on and be excited about.”

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