To say that Tampa Bay outside linebacker Shaq Barrett has performed well throughout his first four games with the Bucs would be a gross understatement. Barrett has in fact played tremendous football in his first year in red and pewter.

The sixth-year edge rusher’s production so far this season has not only endeared him to Bucs fans, but it’s also placed his name firmly in early conversations for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Following his three-sack performance against the Carolina Panthers in Tampa Bay’s 20-14 win in Week 2, Barrett was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He followed that showing up with a career-high four sacks and two forced fumbles in Week 3 against the New York Giants, and likely would have won the award again if not for a 32-31 defeat.

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett
Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: Getty Images

Barrett, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Bucs in the offseason, continued his QB capture streak in a 55-40 win in Los Angeles on Sunday, and added his first career interception before coming up with a clutch strip-sack that would seal Tampa Bay’s victory over the Rams, as defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh scooped and scored in the game’s final minutes. That play helped the Bucs improve to 2-2 on the year.

Barrett’s eight sacks through three weeks tied an NFL record for the most sacks through a team’s first three games of the season. His ninth sack on Sunday also tied an NFL record for the most sacks through a team’s first four games of the season.

Barrett’s interception then made him the first player in NFL history to total at least eight sacks and an interception within a team’s first four games of the season.

In addition to making a run at his first Pro Bowl berth, Barrett is making the case to be the league’s most dominant defender in 2019, and will look to continue his historic play as the Buccaneerss fly to New Orleans for an NFC South division game against the Saints in Week 5.

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  1. DOMINANT!!!

    Sign him now!!!

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  2. The guy is Phenomenal. Now where is Devin White? He’s a ghost. If he’s that good it could help shore up our defense. Whats wrong with the knee?

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  3. DPOTY?!? I want this guy as President!

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  4. It seem s the motto for this year is find a way, so we need to find a way to secure Shaq for years to come!!!!!!

    Side note: Any word on Cichy after that horrible arm break? feel bad for him to make it back after injury last year.

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    • Yes, I feel rotten about Cichy’s situation. He seems to be “cursed”, that is, plagued with bad luck. I wish him well.

      God bless the man!

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  5. Without question, thus far he’s been the most dominant defender in the NFL. But still all you hear about is Mack, yes Mack is dominant but what Barrett has done up to this point needs more national attention. I hope he can keep up this run. However, if he does we can afford him in 2020, LOL

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  6. Shaq is big surprise and I hope we can keep him. Give a lot of credit to Vea, Suh, and Gholston for winning the trenches.

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    • If Licht can’t sign this guy to an extension, then he really deserves to be fired.

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    • Don’t forget about Todd Bowles

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  7. Shaq is an amazing pro. Can’t wait to see this defense with JPP on the field.

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  8. Great point Martinii, that is exactly what this defense is designed to do.
    buettner, I agree. Barrett would be much better as POTUS.
    First of all, despite having four great games, we haven’t heard and any incessant bragging about how great and better he is than anyone else.
    Secondly, the only criminal mischief he gets into is molesting and assaulting the QB on Sunday in the full view of thousands unlike the traitorous adulterer who is currently staining the White House.
    I also doubt we would have to find out that Barrett was selling out his team just to get the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.

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    • Keep drinking that Kool-Aid and believing what they tell you to believe. Hopefully one day you will wake up and start thinking for yourself and say no to another glass. The truth is out there if you ever decide to look for it. But if hate rules your heart, you have no chance of ever finding it.

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      • The truth, huh?

        That’s truly funny.

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  9. Amazing player with a great story! If he plays high motor all year and stays healthy then absolutely should get the title. Another thing, we need a winning record for notoriety. How many times we had players with amazing stats miss pro bowls all because we were below .500?

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  10. I am still expecting that winning season this year. We’ve gotten some notoriety out of the outcome of yesterday’s game already on the West coast.

    We need to win some back to back games now. Let’s take down the Saints this week!
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    Go Bucs!!!

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  11. Shaq Barrett looks like the tasmanian devil flying off the edge with that spin move! Retro Dwight Freeney! He also possesses this speed leverage move on the outside shoulder…great speed, strong…plays with great smarts to set up the linemen so he doesn’t know what to expect next. This dude is special, we need to lock him up for the long term.

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  12. Actually, I think Barrett’s performance yesterday was his best of the season yet, beating his 4-sack performance the week before. Even when he didn’t get to the quarterback, he still rushed him into making throws that otherwise would not have been hurried. Plus the interception, and the sack fumble to end the drive that otherwise quite likely could have resulted in yet another touchdown and a 2-point conversion to send the game into overtime. Adding another sack was just icing for the cake.

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  13. I along with all the other Buc fans am stunned at how well Shaq Barrett is playing. He is clearly the front runner for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. But before rushing to sign him to a long term deal, shouldn’t the Bucs also wait to see what Devin White is capable of doing? Today’s game has a lot to do with analytics and bang for the dollar to your salary cap. Todd Bowles also deserves a lot of credit for how well this defense is playing. In my opinion this first Buc to get the big money contract has to be the most important position on the field, QB (Jameis).
    Regardless if I would still be patient on signing Shaq to a long term deal. The man looks just like Von Miller (maybe even better) did during the Broncos Super Bowl year.

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    • White is an inside linebacker.

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      • You missed the point of that this could be more due to Bowles’s defensive scheme as compared to Shaq lighting it up. I didn’t say it is but before rushing to extend Shaq’s contract I would be interested in how the defense changes once the top LB selected in the draft gets to play

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  14. He playing at a Von Miller type of level hope it continues and hope Bucs lock him up before he hits free agency or we can kiss him goodbye

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