According to NFL reporter Josina Anderson and ESPN’s Adam Schefter, outside linebacker Shaq Barrett is remaining in Tampa Bay for a run at a second straight world championship. Per Schefter, the two sides reached agreement on a four-year contract worth $72 million, with $36 million fully guaranteed.

Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds provided some context to Barrett’s new contract numbers, reporting that Barrett will receive $17 million per year in base pay with escalators to $18 million with 15 sacks and a playoff berth. Reynolds also reported that Barrett’s cap hit will be just $5.6 million in 2021, a ridiculously low number that should help the team keep TE Rob Gronkowski and DT Ndamukong Suh, at the very least.

After starting his career with five seasons in Denver, Barrett joined Tampa Bay on a one-year deal in 2019 and subsequently set a franchise record with a league-leading 19.5 sacks. Barrett then returned for the 2020 season by way of the franchise tag, paying the veteran edge rusher just north of $15.8 million for the 2020 season.

In his second year with the Bucs, Barrett finished near the top of the league in pressures as his 77 total pressures left him trailing just Aaron Donald, the 2020 defensive player of the year per Pro Football Focus. In addition to his flashy pressure rate, Barrett also racked up eight sacks, three forced fumbles, 12 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hits. The contract reunites him with fellow edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul as the duo has combined for the second-most combined sacks of any edge pairing over the past two seasons with 45.5.

With Barrett now re-signed, along with working out a deal with linebacker Lavonte David and placing the franchise tag on receiver Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay’s primary focus in free agency will shift toward ensuring contracts are worked out with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

To alleviate pressure on the Bucs’ salary cap in 2021, David’s contract and quarterback Tom Brady’s extension include voidable years that give Tampa Bay some breathing room this upcoming season.

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SappAttack
7 months ago

HELL YEAH BABY!!!!

drdneast
7 months ago

I called the one right again. Predicted $18 million a year with a fair sum of it guaranteed. players love guaranteed money.

bucfanskiz
7 months ago

What’s the cap hit next year

drdneast
7 months ago

If Barrett can hit the 15 sacks a year mark, he will be worth every dime of his contract. If not, the $17 million a year isn’t too outrageous if he can at least get double digit sacks.

obuc
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

yes, it was as good of a contract in the bucs favor that they were going to get.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  obuc
7 months ago

It really is, yep. This deal is a dream for this team. A contractual masterpiece.

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Sacks are nice headline stats … but the stat that matters more in quarterback pressures. A lot of sacks are not that meaningful, such as “coverage sacks”, or very short yardage (under one yard) that do nothing to change the game outcome.
QB pressures are what changes the game’s outcome. Pressures can lead to sacks, but even more importantly, can lead to turnovers, INTs to be exact. And can rattle a quarterback to the point where he just isn’t very productive. A very good pass rusher like Barrett gets a LOT more pressures than sacks.

obuc
7 months ago

and Succop but for some reason he cant be resigned until free agency officially starts, 4 pm Wednesday, I believe.

Captain Sly
7 months ago

Perfect! Total Team Player. Gotta love what’s going on with the Bucs we have become a model for the entire league. Go Bucs!

DerLutz
7 months ago

Less guaranteed money than expected. Team friendly deal

Mike Pengelly
7 months ago

YAHOOO !! Now let’s do Gronk , Suh and Succop and we’re on the way. Hope to get Lavonte Williams with #32 and we’ll have a great runner/receiver to go with Jones.

ScottC543
7 months ago

We’re putting the band back together….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24hB9Phwnnw

chefboho
7 months ago

A great start. The band really is coming together. Barrett will only count $6 mill against the cap this year. Now they can get Sue, Succop, and Gronk back. Good god this is beautiful to watch.

bucballer
7 months ago

Glad this contract is done. Good decision by both Bucs and Shaq. Bucs got value, could have gotten 3-4 mil per with another team. Shaq is still part of a ferocious defense that will dominate again this year. Good day for Tampa Bay.

PewterPose
7 months ago

How rare is it to have this many players returning (so far) on such appropriate deals immediately after winning a Super Bowl? This team is winning another championship in the next 3 years.

seat26
7 months ago

Crazy good. This might make room for Suh, Fournette, and Succop?

fredster
7 months ago

Good deal! Just didn’t want to see him 20 million or more…..

bucballer
Reply to  fredster
7 months ago

Agree Fred!

Spitfire
7 months ago

That’s about the top end of what I was hoping they would pay him. $18 is still a bit much but not really too much. Hopefully he lives up to it and it pays off and he has another 2019 type year.

Naplesfan
7 months ago

Excellent!
At the rate the Bucs are going, they simply have to be the favorite to win another Super Bowl this season.

MWD
MWD
7 months ago

Let’s Goooo! Ok- so Licht is being very strategic and crafty here in regards to how we are masking contacts vs cap hit. It seems like they clearly had a strategic plan to keep everyone- hopefully Suh resigns next.

flashgordon
7 months ago

Good to see Shaquil Barrett back. We’ve got our De duo back. I actually expect Jason Pierre Paul to be better next year(barring some unforeseen injury). I mean he’ll be even further from his accident injury.
I’m thinking Shaq got himself un-figured out . . . in the playoffs. This D-line could actually be better this year than last!

flashgordon
Reply to  flashgordon
7 months ago

I’d prefer to get the D all the way back; but, I can’t imagine the O without Gronk!

jongruden
7 months ago

I’m so happy to have him back it’ll be fun watching him the next 4 years I know we’re getting Gronk back and possibly Suh hopefully Succup, anyone is just a luxury to me

scubog
7 months ago

As the old Turtles song goes, the Bucs are “Happy Together”. Shaq didn’t demand to “break the bank” after all. Now those who were offended by his tongue in cheek comment can have a group hug.

aredsoxfan1
7 months ago

Totally stunned by this deal. That is one gigantic home team discount, especially on the guarantee. What a day to be a Bucs fan.