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Last week Bucs star defensive pass rusher Shaq Barrett told the NFL Network he was 50-50 on signing the franchise tag offered by the team.

On Monday Barrett announced on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he is definitely playing in 2020, either with a long-term deal or on the one-year $15.8 million franchise tag.

“Yeah, that’s accurate,” Barrett said. “I will most definitely be here next year.”

The 27-year old Barrett set a new Buccaneers franchise record with 19.5 sacks in 2019. The previous team single-season record was 16.5 sacks set by Warren Sapp in 2000.

The Bucs and Barrett have until July 15 to sing the tag or finalize a long-term deal. Barrett said the two sides are still in talks on getting that done.

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR

“Yeah and I know that the team wants to try and sign me too, but it’s been tough with the way of the world,” Barrett told Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn. “I thought we’d have more information last Friday but we talked and they said they wanted another week or two to try and figure stuff out, so I really don’t have new information, but I should have new information again this week.”

On a side note Barrett talked about the improvement of the defense over the last half of 2019.

“It did get a lot better,” Barrett said. “Well first coach [Todd] Bowles did a great job, he was able to communicate everything exactly for a way for us to understand that we were doing wrong, so that’s how we were able to get better and get a lot stronger throughout the year. Coach Bowles, he did a great job with us. Me personally, coach Bowles, coach Foote, the defensive line, the other ends, everybody, we just meshed so good together. I was also able to have as much time in the game as I needed to be to work moves, set stuff up, and I just think like this last year I was ready to take off and that’s what happened.

“I also thought I was ready the year before and I was kind of a lot of frustrated in Denver two years ago because I felt like they held me back a lot my fifth year. But I also love Denver, appreciate Denver, I wouldn’t be the player I am today without being in Denver. I learned so much from the guys, it was a great organization when I was there, everything just worked perfectly together.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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1 year ago

He’s Amazing to have, but he had one good year, he’s gonna get paid significantly, he should be happy about a long term deal for the security and getting $13-$14 mil a year and get back out there and show he isn’t a one year wonder.

1 year ago

“The Bucs and Barrett have until July 15 to sing the tag”

What if he just hums a few bars??

Reply to  JohnGaltsGhost
1 year ago

I thought bars were closed.

1 year ago

Sign him. Don’t mess up what is becoming an incredible defense. Letting him walk would be a huge mistake. We are not that deep at edge rusher. He is in his prime. Get it done.

Reply to  seat26
1 year ago

I just purchased a #58 jersey. I love his game. I also picked up a #45. Having said that, I wish the Bucs would’ve taken Josh Allen a year ago. Interior linebackers are easier to find in a 3-4 than OLB/DE. When you find a good one on a 1 year “prove-it” deal like Barrett or Nassib, they quickly get priced off to a new team if they actually prove it.

1 year ago

The Bucs definitely won’t let him walk. Probably trying to evaluate how to move things around a bit to free up some more cap. Maybe give Evans or others some cash to lower their yearly salary. It gets done. It is really hard when a player has a break out season to the extent that Barrett did and wonder if its an aberration or will he produce like that or near that again this season.

1 year ago

Bucs will not let him walk. We have zero depth past him and everyone knows it. We just are in tight spot with cap but they will get it done.
On side note everyone thinks Brady and the offense is they key here and it’s not. Offense will be good. If defense loses JPP or Barrett and they can’t get pressure, or if safety position just still sucks, or CB lose key player and struggle again we will be in same position as last year first half season. Meaning chasing points and abandoning run.

Reply to  fredster
1 year ago

Bucs have put themselves in a pickle with depth. They needed to draft a Premium DE/OLB the last 3 years. Instead they have spent 6 picks on the secondary.

1 year ago

Personally I would have picked Josh Allen also

1 year ago

Could have kept Nassib here – but didn’t see the value in it.

1 year ago

Perhaps the virus threw a monkey-wrench into the negotiating strategy of Barrett and his agent for this off season. Maybe they NOW want to put off negotiating a long term contract until next year. Maybe he feels he can realistically have another solid season that does not have to be be quite as spectacular as last year, but he is confident that he can wait until next year to cash in big time. He seems to be saying he would like to have a long-term deal here. He really does want to be here. But, if that is not to… Read more »

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