The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed former Denver outside linebacker Shaq Barrett to a one-year deal worth $4 million with incentives that can add an additional $1 million.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound outside linebacker entered the league with the Broncos in 2014 out of Colorado State but failed to make the 53-man roster. Barrett led the NFL in sacks in the 2015 preseason and went on to spend the last four years recording 151 tackles, 14 sacks and eight forced fumbles in Denver.

Barrett’s best season came as a rookie when he recorded 50 tackles, 5.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and two forced fumbles. His production dipped last year as he missed three games and notched 28 tackles, three sacks and one pass breakup.

The versatile Barrett will compete for playing time with Carl Nassib at strongside linebacker and also play nickel linebacker and defensive end in sub packages. In Denver, Barrett also excelled on special teams.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th 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 son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. I guess he made the Denver Broncos wrong Broncos said he wouldn’t get starting money in the free agency market but the Buccaneers have made Denver wrong.

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  2. Denver thought he was a good linebacker coming off the bench and he’s great on special teams

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  3. Damn eight forced fumbles. Bucs stocking up on LBs. I like it.

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  4. the bucs needed 4 or 5 bodies at LB to make the scheme shift they envision. Bucannon, Minter, and Barrett are not going to be leading Pro Bowl voting or anything but they are guys who have taken starter snaps in this alignment who the bucs can afford. The star power is going to have to come from the draft this offseason, these are the only type of moves the bucs can afford if they want to field a complete defense. Similar bargain shopping is imminent in the secondary, i feel.

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  5. also, Barrett is\was far from great, but you can still be a very good player and be kept off the field by Bradley Chubb and Von Miller. I was hoping for his teammate Brandon Marshall but he’s likely out of Licht’s budget this offseason

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  6. Solid pro…I like it! Change the roster and change the mindset! Like the DT resign for league minimum. At least we are attempting to turn over roster… voluntarily or losing through FA!

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  7. The PFF boys liked him as a good budget pickup for what that’s worth. Has had solid grades every year in the league with them, maybe a change of scenery will help him break out.

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  8. Another 1 year deal for $4 million or less.

    I am clearly seeing a pattern where Licht isn’t being allowed to do anything long-term in FA. That’s a clear indication to me that he’s on a short leash and he’ll be looking for work if the team doesn’t improve this year.

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  9. Greenberg, too, I would assume since he is a supposed “capologist” and we’re up against it with some stupid contracts

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  10. ‘The star power is going to have to come from the draft this offseason’, and from guys coming off IR.

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  11. What makes me happiest about this signing is the players age and experience. He hasn’t proven much yet, but he has a chance to make this team. A chance, not a guarantee. Just like all the other 1 year deal players…

    One-Year-Prove-It-Deal Guys:
    Winston, Barber, Dotson, Nassib, Spence, Allen, Bond, Perriman, Nunez-Roches, Harris, Bucannan, Minter, Santos, Hargreaves, Ellington, I. Johnson, R. Smith, E. Smith, Liedke, Wilson, Benenoch

    Players with no guarantees, no dead cap money, but longer deals:
    Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, JPP, Cam Brate, Will Gholston, and Alex Cappa

    Can’t wait until training camp starts. One year guys can almost all be cut with little to no cap hit.

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  12. With this signing, the Bucs are best and worst in the NFL against the salary cap.
    They have about $90k in dead cap which is league best. They have $3.2 million remaining which is league lowest. They still need $9.1m to sign their rookie class and a cushion to add players that are cut after June 1. More cuts coming.
    https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cap/

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  13. He cost 3x less than Kwon Alexander and is bigger! I hope the rumors about Beckwith’s ankle being a career ending injury are wrong because I like him better than Kwon.

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  14. The headline should’ve been “Bucs sign Shaq!’

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  15. I think one year deals have more to Do with money and cap than Licht being on a “short leash”

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  16. @grayballs Mike Greenburg is one of the best in the NFL at managing the cap. His deal structures are awesome. He will work for the Glazers as long as the Glazers own the team. Picking players and determining how much the team is willing to pay(or sometimes overpay) them is the job of the GM with input from the coaches on impact. Greenburg is probably also giving input to the GM on fair market value or comps.

    In the end, the GM cuts the deal. Example: Greenburg didn’t tell Licht to sign D.Jax. He only helped determine a fair price range and deal structure. Licht and Koetter are on the hook for D.Jax, not Greenburg.

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  17. Solid depth, low budget signing. Good all around.

    It’s perfectly clear that we are going 3-4 now(for better or worse)

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  18. @BigSombrero excellent points. I just don’t see the point in employing a guy who is a specialist in managing the cap if the guy making the final determination isn’t listening. I’m also kind of surprised that a McCoy restructure hasn’t been announced, since it appears BA and company seem to want to retain his services. I don’t know, could be the sleep deprivation speaking

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  19. So far, we are not as good of a team on paper than we were at the end of the season.

    And we’ve got big $$$ tied up in mediocre players – GMC, D. Smith, R. Jensen. And love Brate, but how can we afford two starting TE’s when we have so many holes on the roster. And why haven’t we restructured M. Evans or any of these big

    This is shaping up to be transition year with all the one year deals, loss of the leader of the defense and literally NOTHING in FA.

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  20. They must have read my battle plan because I called this lol. Pretty cool

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  21. @Dman Jensen has $10 million guaranteed this year. Considered “dead cap” if he’s cut this year, but not next year. Unlikely to change. Brate is getting $7m and was more productive over the last 2 years than OJ. I like OJ but Brate is worth every penny. TE Charles Clay signed a 1 year deal for $12 million this year. Charles Clay! D.Smith is clearly not your favorite player, but considering how hard it is to find them and how much starting left tackles cost, it was fair. That leaves GMC…

    Bucs need $9.1 million for rookies. They have $3.2m in cap space after today’s signings, but when you factor their entire team salary, they are actually -$3.5million over the cap. The cap only counts the top 51 salaries against the cap.

    Expect a trade or cut of one or two of these players…it’s definitely coming.
    JPP ($14.7m), GMC ($13m), David ($9.75m), Brate ($7m), Gholston ($3.75m), Evan Smith ($2m).

    Do the Bucs dump Brate, Gholston, and Smith to keep McCoy? JPP and David rarely came off the field last year. JPP played more snaps than any other D Lineman. Isn’t it just easier to replace McCoy’s production? My best guess is GMC and Evan Smith. They’re aging part time players who can be replaced and don’t have much trade value.

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  22. Games are won and lost on the field not in signing free agents or even high draft choices. It’s about performance. We’ve been winning the off season forever and precisely what has it gotten us? For one reason or the another, players make it to free agency because their team either can’t afford them or don’t think they are worth the asking price or are not team guys. Alexander is a good example. Yes, he’s a fireball, highly motivated, and good teammate. But does anyone think he is a key to a super bowl. He misses more tackles than he makes; he was suspended for four games his first year, and his body is an injury waiting to happen. As I recall, he was a fourth round draft choice. Decent player, yes! Can’d make it without him, no. And he’s coming off a serious injury. Humphrey is another. Really a tough kid and an overperformer–on the whole. But his fumble cost us the Buffalo game in 2017, and he’s a one-dimensional player with average speed. We can do better. I like the kid, but for that kind of money, no way, salary cap or no salary cap. Our GM has finally seen the light of day. Play off teams have perhaps 5 or six Pro Bowl worthy players; the rest are blue-collar types who have a role and fill it.

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  23. This is not a good sign for Noah Spence. He will need a big training camp and show these coaches he can play or he won’t make the roster

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  24. Very good value signing. The defense is going to look very, very different once the season starts.

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  25. Happy to see us NOT winning free agency this year!

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  26. Bucs are printing money over at OBP. They just signed an OG – Earl Watford. I have no idea where the money is coming from but I’m all for it. lol.

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  27. After reading up about him, this seems to be a great signing..he has starting potential but was stuck because miller, ware, ray, and Chubb in Denver..love this.

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  28. With all honesty I think it’s just hilarious how many people talk so much crap about Gerald McCoy. You do realized that Gerald McCoy in the span of five years from 2013 to 2017 racked up more total 35.5 sacks than any other defensive tackle in the NFL all while being on worst defensive line than any other people who are on the list under him.

    Yes More sacks total in that span than these guys

    Geno Atkins
    Ndamukong Suh
    Marcell Dareus
    Sharrif Floyd

    He’s put up stats with literally NO help (unlike the names under him on that list) at all.. we finally decide to give him help at the end of his career then people call him a waste or mediocre cause he’s not putting up Aaron Donald numbers and he helps players up lmfao… think about it for a second the guys that are behind him in sacks in that span all have had and been on a much better defensive line by Leaps and Bounds..

    we haven’t had one guy on a defensive line next to him even sniff 10 sacks since Michael Bennett and we release him the very next year… I agree he’s I think he should restructure his contract but I would not blame him if he didn’t.. ever since the Super Bowl all great players who come to Tampa talents get wasted or they end up with a freak accident injury that derails they’re career. We are cursed lol..

    There’s only one other guy on defense that is great and barely gets any credit and that’s Lavonte David. we drafted both of these guys and wasted their talent and now of course our crappy fans or just like let’s just get rid of them I understand but there’s no loyalty as a fan base. Use them up give them absolutely no help and then release them

    I know it’s a business but we’re already a bad football team why would any great player want to come to our franchise already and then to see two guys we drafted towards the end of their career just get release.. smh… I really hate most of our fan base.. sorry for the rant just sick of our fans complaining about the only two good players that we’ve had on defense.

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  29. @mizzbucsfan24 I think this might be exactly what Noah Spence needs. I’ve posted for the last year or so we needed to trade him to a 3-4 team. And last summer I watched him at a couple training camp sessions and thought he was going to have a breakout year. We all know that didn’t happen, but unless it’s due to off the field issues, this might be his opportunity. At least I’m hoping. We need some diamonds in the rough to shine.

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  30. Gholston is in trouble to make it to the draft. McCoy has to take 2-3 million less or he’s gone. Doubt anyone will pay him 13 million.

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  31. @bucfanfe85 Atkins had 39.0 sacks over the period you referenced. Atkins also had 10.0 sacks last year. Atkins was drafted the same year as McCoy. Atkins has 71.0 career sacks vs 54.5 for McCoy. Atkins only missed 7 games in his career. He has played in all 16 games 8 out of 9 seasons. Last time McCoy played in 16 games was 2013. He has missed 21 games. Atkins big time help? He has played with Michael Johnson, just like Gerald McCoy. Mike Johnson was very successful in Cincy before coming to Tampa and successful in Cincy again after getting cut by Tampa.

    MCCOY EXCUSE CANNON : PREPARE TO FIRE!!!

    “He’s put up stats with literally no help!”

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  32. Bucsfanfe85 thank you! God almighty the comments I’ve been reading. It shows just how little football Bucs fans really know. When it comes to players like McCoy, his impact can’t possibly be measured by stats alone. Especially sacks. This dude has been surrounded by dogsh*t since the day he was drafted. With a revolving door of horrible retread DC’s. Constantly seeing double and triple teams, he’s still constantly in the backfield. If this dude ever had a decent DC or even better, a halfway decent DLine around him, you’d see just how valuable he really is. Ask the rest of the league how good he is. Ask OLineman around the league, or OC’s around the league. He’s a unanimous top 5 DT in the league in just about every metric you use to evaluate DT’s. Anyone that says he sucks, or is overrated, can’t possibly be taken seriously as a knowledgeable football fan. It’s almost laughable some of these comments

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