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The expectation all along is that Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett will command one of the largest free agent deals of any player this offseason, widely expected to be in the $19-20 million per year range. But former sports agent Joel Corry wrote this week that Barrett should be asking for a lot more, putting the pass rusher’s asking price into a range that would make him one of the highest paid edge defenders in the league.

This was Corry’s suggested asking price for Barrett’s camp in negotiations.

Contract package: $110 million, five years ($22 million per year)
Overall guarantees: $68 million

The projections I’ve seen from other cap experts for Shaq Barrett have come in closer to a 4-year, $19-20 million per year type of contract, which is significantly less overall money than Corry’s suggested offer. If met, Corry’s asking price would make Barrett the fourth-highest paid edge defender in the NFL in overall money, per year money and overall guarantees, following only Joey Bosa, Myles Garrett and Khalil Mack.

The most interesting part of Corry’s proposed agreement is the length of it, as most contract guesses for Barrett have come in at four years. Because Barrett is already 28 and will be 29 in November, a five-year deal would have Barrett turning 33 in the final season of his next contract. The guarantee structure Corry suggests would likely mean Barrett could be released before the fifth season with no dead cap hit to his team, but the Bucs current cap situation means that a lot of Barrett’s $68 million in overall guarantees would need to be paid in 2022 and 2023 with the team looking for a lower 2021 cap hit for Barrett to keep other free agents like TE Rob Gronkowski, DT Ndamukong Suh, K Ryan Succop and WR Antonio Brown around.

Of course, this is just an asking price, not Corry’s final prediction of what a contract for Barrett will actually end up being. Always start high in negotiations, then come down a bit if you feel the other side is offering fair compensation.

Barrett is looking for his first big contract after not getting his chance as a full-time starter in the NFL until arriving in Tampa Bay two years ago on a one-year, $4 million deal. All Barrett has done since then is lead the league in sacks with 19.5 in 2019, then post eight more in 2020 and four in an epic playoff run to a Super Bowl Championship. Barrett has 30 tackles-for-loss and eight forced fumbles in 31 career regular season games with the Bucs.

The Bucs have been active this offseason to make sure space is cleared for a contract offer to Barrett, extending QB Tom Brady to clear over $19 million in cap space, and including void years to lower LB Lavonte David’s new contract cap hit to $3.5 million in 2021.

After signing his contract extension, Brady posted on Instagram that the Bucs were “keeping the band together”, to which Barrett responded, “Yessir”.

Barrett has been vocal about his desire to return to Tampa Bay above finding a new home, and the Bucs have been just as vocal in their desire to keep him around. Corry’s suggested asking price is probably a good place for agent Drew Rosenhaus to start in negotiations, but it doesn’t mean that is what Barrett will cost in the end. Still, there might be a desire on the edge rusher’s part to hit the market and see what else is out there before making a final decision on his next destination.

The legal tampering period for free agency begins on Monday at 4pm EST, when free agents can begin to speak to other teams about a new contract. Free agency opens on Wednesday at 4pm EST, when all expected signings can become official.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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PatrioticChief
7 months ago

I would sign him to that deal. FA gonna be rife with bargains in 2021 and Bucs are the place to be right now.

Buc76
7 months ago

He’s not worth it. There are about a dozen pass rushers coming on the market. We don’t need him to win again. He was invisible when vita vea was out. They should have a number In mind and if he’s over that let him go.

DerekPHFD
Reply to  Buc76
7 months ago

Define invisible. He was second behind the Aaron Donald in total pressures for the regular season. Which vea missed most of.

MIArmysoldier
Reply to  DerekPHFD
7 months ago

Barrett is awesome at pressures. But I think what Buc76 is saying is Barrett gets a lot of help from the quickness and power of Vea collapsing the pocket. Suh and Nacho or Suh and McClendon obviously have power, but not that power quickness that the youth of Vea brings. Had Vea not been injured, Barrett most likely would have had another double digit sack season and he’d be looking to become the highest paid pass rusher in the NFL. With out JPPs prowess on the other side, followed up by the quick power up the middle from Suh and… Read more »

Spitfire
Reply to  DerekPHFD
7 months ago

Yeah pressures, which means he was invisible. Pressures are great when you have Sacks along with them, otherwise it’s like bragging about how many silver medals you got. We can find someone to give us more than 8 sacks with Suh and Vea pushing up the middle and JPP bearing down from the other side. I’ll take someone leading the lead in sacks and middle of the league in pressures. He doesn’t deserve anywhere close to $19mil. I’d be happy to have him back no matter what happens but it would be a mistake to waste that much money on… Read more »

MIArmysoldier
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

Agreed 💯- especially if it keeps us from bringing back someone this season.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

Completely disagree. Pressures are exactly how to measure a pass-rusher disrupting the offense. Sacks are more of a lucky stat. Shaq played almost equally well in 2019 and 2020 but got a bonanza of sacks in 2019. I don’t understand where this nonsense about him disappearing when Vea was out comes from. He’s one of the best pass-rushers in the game and a great player, no reason to try and knock him down. Now whether we should sign him is another matter altogether. That’s a much tougher call.

bucballer
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
7 months ago

No one is trying to knock Shaq down. This defense is more than one person. With or without Shaq this defense will be wicked. I hope it’s with him.

bucballer
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

Exactly Spit! I’m a fan of Shaq. I am. But he is not worth 20 mil per. Sorry. He isn’t. We could bring in another free agent and with the talent we have on that DLine, providing we resign Suh, we r primed to make another run at back to back SuperBowls. I don’t begrudge a man looking for his payday. But I don’t want his individual needs to put the Bucs in salary cap purgatory this year and the next two years when some of our finest young talent needs to be re upped. Make Shaq a competitive offer.… Read more »

FLBoy84
Reply to  bucballer
7 months ago

Agreed BB. Shaq fan too, but there are a number of solid FA Edge/OLB’s that could provide similar production at a reduced cost. Very possible we could sign two for the price Shaq is likely to sign for, which just increases quality depth at the position as well.

Mike Pengelly
7 months ago

His agent is dreaming in technicolor…we should walk from a deal like that. There have to be other options at much cheaper $. Even a one yr deal with a vet while we draft a future guy to fill that spot. We’ve got more free agents next yr to deal with and we don’t want to handcuff the team with a whopper of a deal for Shaq !

Dman
7 months ago

If Barrett can get that God bless, just not from the Bucs.

WhatTheBuc
7 months ago

Shaq is worth whatever someone is willing to pay him. That being said, I’d sign someone less expensive if he’s looking for 20M. Leonard Floyd should excel in Bowles defense. I think Floyd will sign for 13M or so. I think the dolphins are setting up to sign Shaq. VanNoy and Lawson jettisoned this week. Either that or they are making room for Watson.

Spitfire
Reply to  WhatTheBuc
7 months ago

Just because someone is desperate enough to blow money on someone doesn’t make them worth that much. There’s been billions of dollars wasted on players that take a permanent vacation as soon as their paid. Last year was a contract year for him to prove 19.5 wasn’t a fluke and he went and got 8, about as good as Nassib. He works here, but if he went to someone like the Jets if they threw a big payday at him I bet he would get 4 sacks. Hopefully other teams see our system works for him and don’t cause us… Read more »

MIArmysoldier
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

Chris “Swaggy” (lazy) Baker comes to mind really quick.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

You’re such a great listener. I always respect someone who can adapt their viewpoint to new information. Well done. Keep it up!

Spitfire
7 months ago

Not a chance I would want them to sign him to that deal. Let him test free agency and allow us to find another player or two to get for that much or less all together, then Draft someone in the 1st or 2nd. Barrett fits well in this system but this front 7 could also fit others just as well. If he wants to be greedy he has every right but he’s not worth more than $16mil and even that’s over paying.

Horse
7 months ago

I say let him find his real value.
He will be surprise it’s not what is being thrown out their. Go sign someone else for around 12 million who will be just as effective. This is a team sport.

Buc for Life
7 months ago

I am getting worried! The silence is deafening! Signing here is the best bet for him! Great situation with Bowles D and Vea in the middle. Look at how many Bucs players play into the no guaranteed money years of their contracts. Even if he signs here for less per year, he will make more over the life of the contract. So many players move for the bigger contract only to under-perform and then get cut. If Barrett moves to a less desirable situation for more money, his production will drop off and 2 years from now he will be… Read more »

Eddie
Reply to  Buc for Life
7 months ago

That is exactly what I was thinking about. I have seen this scenarios time and time and again. Tampa enable him to shine maybe can enable another youngster to do the same

revfish
7 months ago

Good article Mark. Shaq Seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth and told to know which one is sincere given that he knows our cap situation.. he deserves to be paid in more power to him if he gets $21 million per year. At the same time, you can’t say how much you want to remain a buccaneer addendum and $20 million a year. we can’t do it. Hopefully we can get something done. One of the Pewter Report staff said it best: if you don’t sign him, and JPP gets hurt suddenly we are without… Read more »

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  revfish
7 months ago

It’s simple, no dual message. He wants to break the bank with the Bucs. As we have seen numerous times, the salary cap can be manipulated in any number of ways. If the Bucs want to keep him they will need to pony up. The ball’s in Licht’s court. Tough decision.

bucballer
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
7 months ago

Pass at that price. Shaq is a luxury. We just need a player that wants to run with these dogs and win another SuperBowl. There’s always another one. There just always is. Sign Suh, Succop, renegotiate Brate a bit, sign AB on the cheap with incentives. There may be a place for former Buc Humpries to replace AB? Have another solid draft and find a couple of value veterans who want to play with Brady for a shot at another ring. We will be just fine. With or without Shaq.

bucballer
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
7 months ago

Pony up like the Sox did for Price? No thank u!

bucballer
Reply to  bucballer
7 months ago

Or Crawford? As u know, players aren’t always worth what u sign them for.

Dave
Reply to  bucballer
7 months ago

Or Adrian Gonzalez. Or Rick Porcello. Or Hanley Ramirez. Or Pablo Sandoval. Or giving Chris Sale a 5 year extension, knowing that he’s damaged goods.

bucballer
Reply to  Dave
7 months ago

Yep Dave. More specifically I was referring to Tampa players going up north.

Eddie
Reply to  revfish
7 months ago

Your last paragraph assumes we do a stupid thing like not drafting or signing another less bank breaking pass rusher

aredsoxfan1
7 months ago

I don’t understand why the writer is hung up on the difference of a fifth year, it won’t be guaranteed anyway. It’s irrelevant. Here is how I would see the proposed 5/110 (68 guaranteed) deal would be structured. 2021 Salary-$5mil Bonus-$30mil Cap-$11mil 2022 Salary-$16mil Cap-$22mil 2023 Salary-$17mil Cap-$23mil 2024 Salary-$21mil Cap-$27mil 2025 Salary-$21mil Cap-$27mil First 3 years guaranteed. In 2024 you either take a $12mil dead cap charge or keep him for $27mil cap charge or tell him he needs to take a pay cut. Like most NFL contracts the announced term wouldn’t be the actual deal. It’s actually a… Read more »

toofamiliar17
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
7 months ago

It’s refreshing to see you and your comments here. Most fan takes here make me want to drop my computer into a volcano. I’m comforted to be at least occasionally reminded that not all Bucs fans are brainless dolts.

Last edited 7 months ago by toofamiliar17
bucballer
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
7 months ago

Brady is willing to bargain to surround himself with additional talent. David did as well. The players understand what a special team this is right now! I’m afraid Shaq will be too expensive for us this particular year. I , also, believe things will not be the same for him should he decide to leave.

bucballer
Reply to  bucballer
7 months ago

See Humpries or Perriman…

PewterHeart
7 months ago

Crazy how average people can getby by making thousands of dollars a year. Shaq can go and he won’t ever have a better opportunity for success and legacy than playing in Tampa.

scubog
7 months ago

Let me get this straight. Every team is looking for a pass rusher and is willing to pay for it with free agency dollars or Draft capital. Yet here in Bucville, we think we can line up the as yet to be determined 32nd pick in the Draft, some slightly cheaper cast-off or Anthony Nelson and hope JPP, hurt knee and all, doesn’t have another off-season injury, in place of Shaq Barrett because of, as Clint Eastwood would say, “a few dollars more”. And now QB pressures, that can often lead to dubious passes, as was the case with “Wrong… Read more »

fredster
Reply to  scubog
7 months ago

Well I’ll play devil’s advocate I would be Leary of anything much over 16 million. First of all Who said he has to be replaced with 32nd pick? There are some good free agent pass rushers this year that will come cheaper than 20 million per year. If Shaq had 12-19.5 sacks again I’d say he’ll ya sign him. Hard to find free agents to get that production without over paying. Bucs got that production from JPP for less than 20 million. Barrett’s 8 sacks is good not great. Yes he came alive in playoffs when VEA RETURNED. Without Vea… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by fredster
bucballer
Reply to  scubog
7 months ago

Yep! Unfortunately that is exactly what we r saying… said the same thing about number 3 last year. Things turned out ok. Have faith in the Bucs brain trust that they will do the right thing. They know the time to win is now. But we can’t mortgage the future on one player.

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