The accolades keep adding up for Bucs’ outside linebacker Shaq Barrett.

Barrett’s 16.5 sacks has tied him for a Bucs single franchise record with Hall of Famer Warren Sapp and has also puts him at the top of the league as the sacks leader in the NFL this year.

Barrett was also selected to his first career Pro Bowl after his breakout season.

With the season wrapping up, another aspect of Barrett’s football career is going to see a change soon as well – his tax bracket.  Barrett signed a one-year $4 million deal last spring with the Bucs to bet on himself and have a chance to get more playing time, and Barrett has earned every single penny.

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett
Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

As his contract expires, Barrett will have no shortage of suitors that want to sign him this offseason, which means Barrett is going to see a major pay day and a big time increase in his bank account.

But if Barrett has it his way, he’ll remain a Buc in 2020.

“I want to be here,” Barrett said. “I’m still going back home to Colorado and training and stuff there, but as (far) as my plans go, I plan on being back here to start OTAs and the season and that’s where I’m looking at right now. It’s the Bucs to lose, and I don’t think they’re going to lose it.”

In order to keep a similar defensive group around him, Barrett sounded like someone who may be willing to take a home team discount.

“The front office people have to know what they got and what they don’t want to lose,” Barrett said. “And we have to know that we don’t have to chase the biggest amount of money or the largest amount of money if you want to work with this group that we have together. But if you do want to chase the money, then chase the money. It’s just about, I like winning and I don’t like messing up a good thing for no reason so if it’s a good thing going, let’s keep it going.”

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett
Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett – Photo by PR

Following the Bucs 38-17 win over the Lions last Sunday, Bruce Arians said in his post game press conference that Barrett won’t be going anywhere. This week, Barrett was on the same page with his head coach.

“I like the way he thinks,” Barrett said. “And I think the same way.”

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  1. I would understand why, given that we have the money to pay him this off-season, plus this is a young team with a lot of potential. Why risk hitting FA and end up in the Redskins. Lol

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    • They’ll figure out a way to sign him, but these type negotiations can be tricky primarily because he’s only done it for 1 year. How much $ is he really worth? Jon Gruden & Khalil Mack couldn’t even agree on a number so he traded him to Chicago for two 1st rounders. Chicago even after giving up those picks had to still sign him to $141 mil with 90mil of guarantees… So the question is Where should Jason Licht and Shaq/Agents start with their negotiations? Khalil Mack, Frank Clark or Dee Ford Money. It’s Tricky!!!

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      • Cap, totally agree. Do we pay him like hes been doing this for years or offer an amount that would entice him to a 2nd contract? The success for our linebackers this season is due in part of the unsung heroes, the monsters up front in Vea,Suh, and JPP. It’s a simple formula we all have been preaching to put together- a line that will take all the attention to pur LBs and DBs can be successful.

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        • So our*

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    • That’s a curse I wouldn’t wish on my enemies

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    • Fair point.

      I’m personally leary of resigning him outright mostly because of our abysmal track record of signing guys after they blow up and then watching them turn into pumpkins, or lose toes, or Chris Baker their ways off the team… or become malcontents to force a trade after they make their bank… or simply choose to retire out of disgust with the franchise.

      But I guess at some point, as a fan, I’ll have to let my guard down and hope for the best. Not let my guard down like Donovan Smith…

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  2. Imagine having a double digit OLB that wants to be here. What! We do? Shaq ain’t going nowhere. Speaking of working with the team on a fair deal to help the rest of the team, props to Shaq. You listening Jameis?

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  3. He’s a hell of a good football player and he seems like a overall good dude. The culture has truly changed. Players want to be in Tampa and playing for Bruce and the coaches. Tampa is a great place to live and no state tax never hurts. Go Bucs

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  4. Alright guys, time to clear out the parking lot at One Buc to make room for the Brinks truck. This guys is definitely worth every penny, and if he’s willing to stay on a discount, there is no way he goes anywhere.

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  5. Yep! Pass rushers are paid at a premium! But does Shaq get offered 14-16 mil per or r we talking about Jameis type money 23-26 mil per? I would like to see him play similarly at least 2 years ago n a row. Wow! What a decision! It’s above my pay grade to figure out! Go Bucs!

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  6. I just bought his #58 jersey. I sure hope the “Curse of the Scubog Player Jersey” doesn’t strike. Right now I’m concerned about my #80 Howard one.

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    • Damn, I’m jealous. You have your own curse! Can you lay that on the Saints by buying a Brees jersey?

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      • I never thought of that. I might just do it. Maybe a Julio Jones and a Christian McAffrey too.

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  7. Get ready for us to pay 3 free agents a sum of almost 60 million, only one of which, has had elite production. I would have taken Josh Allen’s 9 sacks and lesser contract for his position, over White’s inflated contract for his position, but what do I know? Hopefully Licht gets it right this time around.

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    • I will take the Glass is half Full approach!
      Shaq Barrett has paid his dues and worked himself into one of the premiere pass rushers in the NFL. One can say Jason Licht stole 1year of elite production out of him for next to nothing…. As far as the J Allen vs D White debate goes, I feel like D White has been a huge upgrade over Kwon Alexander. Hindsight Licht’s decision to move on from Kwon and his greedy agents 13mil yr demands was Brilliant. The Bucs are trending up let’s have a Merry Christmas!!!

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      • I agree. It’s because of a winning Arians they are trending that way. Drafting for need in the first gets you burned. Best player available is the best philosophy.

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  8. Correction, 10 sacks.

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  9. And where’s Kwon now? I.R. again. That would’ve been money well spent.

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    • If you think I’m arguing over keeping Kwon , you’re wrong. I’m arguing over allocating a bunch of cap space at premium positions, when it could have easily been spent elsewhere.

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      • Yeah, but you’re being a jerk about it. 😉 (p.s. I tend to agree with you)

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  10. I think we treat this guy the way we took care of Simeon Rice. I know he’s only got one year of results, but teams have had video on him for a while and he’s still producing. Let’s see how he finishes, but you have to like how he’s thinking about this and he’s entering his prime. Corner stone player.

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  11. IMO I would like to see one more season, before a very large contact.

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  12. When you have a guy that good saying he won’t chase the biggest offer and he wants to be here you sign him long term now. If he’s willing give up a few million to stay here and try to help sign the other players to keep this dline together you sign him NOW! BA has turn this team around and players want to be here. I think a culture change has finally happened Bucs fans!!!

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    • Fair points, but it’s also tremendously easy for a player to say these things and then not actually do these things… I hope it all works out though!

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      • Spot on, dot. It’s a lot easier to say you don’t need $18M than it is to walk away from it

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  13. We have no control over any of this and that will be all about the money; plain and simple. If we overpay, then we’re going to create even a bigger problem next season and the following season.
    I would think a guaranteed 30 million-dollar contract for the first two years plus incentives; the next two years would be 40 million plus incentives, but no guarantee money.

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  14. You saw how talented the Browns are when they creamed us in Preseason; yet we have a better record than they do only because we have BA and they don’t! Trust BA he will find a way!

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  15. Barrett is an all-around good player. Sacks,yes. But there is more than just sacks.

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  16. Pay the man Bucs! If you don’t? Some other team surely will.

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