On the heels of his first season in Tampa Bay after recording an NFL-high 19.5, outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett was given the franchise tag by the team this offseason after failing to agree to terms on a long-term contract extension prior to the start of free agency. Barrett signed a one-year, $4 million prove-it contract last year, but the franchise tag is worth $15.8 million in 2020.

Yet Barrett is one of five NFL players who hasn’t signed a franchise tag contract. The others are Bengals receiver A.J. Green, Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and Broncos safety Justin Simmons.

“It’s still up in the air right now, about 50-50,” Barrett said on NFL Total Access on Wednesday in an interview with Colleen Wolfe. “We’ll find out a little more information on Friday.”

Could Barrett and the Bucs be close to signing a long-term extension? As of this earlier this week, no progress had been made. Both sides have until July 15 to negotiate a multi-year extension otherwise Barrett will play the 2020 season on the one-year deal and then be slated for free agency again in 2021.

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

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.

Barrett admits that topping his 2019 production is going to be hard this season, and said that isn’t his ultimate goal.

“So, usually, before I had 19 and a half sacks, [my goal] was always to improve statistically, but trying to get 20, 21 is going to be hard,” Barrett said. “But I’m still setting it far up there. I just want, as a team, to help my team win a game, make a play every game, help the team win, make the playoffs.”

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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buccaneerNW

So not signing the franchise tag means what? Does that mean he’s planning to sit out if he doesn’t sign a longer term deal? Seems like a bad choice for a guy with only one year of major production.

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Lawdy

oofa

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Johnny Cannons

I thought this might be a problem when I learned Rosenhaus was his agent. From all the information I have, they probably can’t afford him long term right now. My guess is – and I won’t be happy about it – he’ll be one and done in TB on the franchise tag.

Does anybody know how the franchise tag comes into play if the season cannot proceed?

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Dude

In working out a longer deal they can probably get the his cap number down by offering a nice signing bonus that will also help the overall cap space in the end. So no need to worry about not having room to sign him to a long deal.

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Johnny Cannons

That’s an entirely fair point. However, I do wonder what a long term deal for Shaq would cost down the road when they have to figure out a way to pay Godwin, David, possibly Vea, and the entire secondary is on the first contract. It’ll be interesting to watch how this affects the identify of the team down the road. I really don’t think Shaq is a one-year wonder, but if he turns out to be after forcing the Bucs into something longer term, we may all rue this situation. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please… Read more »

JS8797

The Buc’s aren’t going to give Barrett a contract extension on one full seasons tape unless they are clueless which some would debate. Of course Rosenhaus is going to try to strike while the fires hot. Barrett talks about how he want’s to secure his families future, blah blah, blah. Auman tweeted the numbers today. In six years he’s made around 9 million. With the franchise tag this year he’s north of 16 which is a 562% raise in one year. He would kill his credibility if he didn’t sign that tender and Rosenhaus knows that being it was one… Read more »

scubog

Regardless of whether Shaq’s 2019 was his career high water mark that will probably never be matched again, he was still an outstanding player who earned the opportunity to be paid commensurate with his peers. Gee, I suspect most of us feel the same way about our co-workers.

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plopes808

Just posturing, I don’t think there’s anything to be concerned about. I could be mistaken, but I’m pretty sure the tag means he can’t go anywhere anyway. Sitting out the season would be severely detrimental to his future prospects and I’d say is highly unlikely.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the “50-50” comment is more a sign that there may be a long term deal on the table rather than a sit-out.

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DMIbucs98

Why sign the tender when a long term deal is the goal for both sides. With Covid threatening the season and training camp not even here yet. He has time. By July 15 he will sign a multi year contract to represent the Bucs on the field.

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