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After signing a one-year prove-it deal in 2019 and subsequently setting a Bucs’ franchise record and leading the league with 19.5 sacks, Tampa Bay franchise-tagged outside linebacker Shaq Barrett for the 2020 season. Fresh off a sack in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, Barrett made it clear that he wanted to remain with the Bucs moving forward.

“I know there isn’t another place I’d rather be,” Barrett said about the Bucs after the Super Bowl. “I’m pretty sure my agent is going to talk to them. We’re going to talk and we’re going to find a quick solution to this because I know I found a home here. They gave me a shot. I earned a starting spot here. They gave me the freedom to play how I want to play. It’s been a perfect match since day one. The fans showed love since day one. Everyone showed all the love since day one, like I was already proven when I got here. I love it here and I just want to keep proving them right.”

If Barrett left any mystery about his intentions next season in his words following the Super Bowl, he reiterated the sentiment at the Bucs’ celebratory boat parade on Wednesday with even more decisiveness.

“World champs, two-time world champs and we’re coming back, back-t0-back,” Barrett said in a video from ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “That’s the plan, we’re coming back next year to get it done again.”

And Barrett isn’t the only one in the organization that shares Barrett’s feelings on his return to Tampa Bay. On stage with a large contingent of the Bucs’ roster following their parade, Bruce Arians told a number of Tampa Bay’s impending free agents that they aren’t going anywhere, before Barrett once again repeated that he’ll be back with the Bucs for the 2021 season.

Despite intentions, free agency will naturally have to run its course for both Barrett and the Bucs, but judging by the words from those involved, it wouldn’t be surprising to see negotiations begin sooner than later on a new deal.

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Mike Pengelly
Mike Pengelly(@ontariomike)
9 months ago

Sadly. it’ll be next to impossible to keep all the talented free agents that got us this SB. Patriots faced the same problem many times and with the salary cap, you just have to let some of them go or renegotiate the some other players deals to free up more cap space…not quite sure how that gets done but hopefully our GM has some ideas.

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung(@eaustinyoung)
Reply to  Mike Pengelly
9 months ago

Start with Donavan Smith.

NaplesFan2.0
NaplesFan2.0(@firelichtmovement)
Reply to  Mike Pengelly
9 months ago

Honestly, I don’t think all of them need to be kept. If you keep Shaq, Lavonte, Godwin and Suh you have enough. The New Orleans Saints have been circumventing the cap for years, which is why they’ve had 1 of the best rosters in the NFL for the last 4 or 5 years. We need a little Licht magic and a couple ring chasing free agents, and we’re right back in the big game.

Buc76
Buc76(@jjjj)
9 months ago

I’d say Shaq Barrett is in his prime. He can help build the future on the defensive line which is the key the winning against a team like the Chiefs. We have to keep him. This is where Licht will earn his keep. I think you can wash away Licht’s mistakes after winning the Super Bowl. The job got done. Now let’s see how good he is. This team still hasn’t played at its best. In all honesty we should have scored 50 points on the Chiefs. They are not that good. Would be nice to see this group come… Read more »

GrayBalls
GrayBalls(@grayballs)
Reply to  Buc76
9 months ago

“Not that good”? That may be the most ridiculous thing I’ve read on this sight.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  Buc76
9 months ago

We could have easily scored 50 points but we didn’t need to. We spent a quarter and a half just draining the clock, there was no reason to push to blow em up and risk turning the ball over for no reason and give them any kind of chance to find any momentum at all because they never had any.

ScottC543
ScottC543(@scottc543)
Reply to  Spitfire
9 months ago

Nailed it

TBChucky
TBChucky(@tbchucky)
9 months ago

Shaq deserves a nice new contract. I believe they’ll be a bunch of restructuring of contracts to make room for everyone that they want back. They seem to really want to “Keep the band together”. Now they just have to make it happen!

RW
RW(@rwp111)
Reply to  TBChucky
9 months ago

He does but how much? 3 years at $15 million or 5 years at $22 million? Who knows what he wants.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
9 months ago

I don’t believe I heard BA say that Shaq was coming back yesterday at the convention center. He did say it for the others though.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  bucballer
9 months ago

He definitely said it for Shaq.

Michael76
Michael76(@michael76)
Reply to  bucballer
9 months ago

He told Chris he isn’t going anywhere

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  bucballer
9 months ago

My bad. It appears he did say Shaq was coming back. I just didn’t hear it when I was watching online. There was a lot going on though.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
9 months ago

Honestly, I would love more than anything to see them keep every single guy and have another year with everyone doin the same thing but even better. These guys can choose to be reasonable and try to make history and win a few in a row and choose to put legacy over wallet but obviously that’s not something you can expect anyone to do in the business of sports. So in the end the guys that wanna stay and win will stay and the guys that need to chase the money because maybe they haven’t really gotten paid yet will… Read more »

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  Spitfire
9 months ago

The great part is now both the Offense and Defense finally found their identity so any players added will be able to fall in easier and just continue on, instead of still figuring it out like we were all year this past year.

RW
RW(@rwp111)
9 months ago

When a guy is quoted saying ” ‘I feel like it’s time for me to break the bank now” I really doubt the two sides are going to come to an agreement. He’s a good player, great in some games but was just OK in others. Don’t think Bucs are giving him $20 million for 4 or 5 years.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
9 months ago

Well maybe. We have $28m in cap space and need to use it for 20 new/re-signed players (top 51 count). So on the surface, paying Shaq anything close to his value looks challenging. But a few things stand out: 1) D Smith’s $14m can all come back (zero cap hit) if we cut him. He’s not likely to take a pay cut – some team will pay him at least $14m. 2) We have 2 TEs under contract at more than $6m each….and neither is named Gronk.Look for one, if not both (assuming Gronk wants to come back) to get… Read more »

plopes808
plopes808(@plopes808)
9 months ago

Sadly, it’ll come down to money as he will have many suitors with more cap space than us. Hopefully he chooses to stay but I wouldn’t blame him for chasing the big payday he’s earned. Our FA order of importance IMO: David, Shaq, Succop, Suh, Gronk, Godwin (depth hurts his case), Fournette I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Brady effect cause more guys to offer some team friendly deals. We already know Big Mike is down for the cause and hopefully we’ll see more of that team mentality rubbing off on these guys. This roster is primed for a… Read more »

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