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.
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.”
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.”