With wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin bowing out of the NFL Pro Bowl as they continue to recover from hamstring injuries, outside linebacker and pass rusher extraordinaire Shaq Barrett was the lone Bucs player representing the red and pewter at Wednesday’s first practice of the annual all-star game.

Barrett drew quite the media crowd following the NFC’s workout – and not just from the local scribes in attendance. After bursting onto the national radar with his league leading 19.5 sacks in 2019, Barrett is one of the darlings at the Pro Bowl in Orlando but is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March, and would be one of the mostly highly sought players on the open market if he makes it that far.

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett
Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: May Holt/PR

The Bucs have said numerous times Barrett “isn’t going anywhere,” and Barrett told the large media crowd on Wednesday he wants to be a Buccaneer next season – and beyond.

“Hey I am here right now, just taking advantage of this next step right now,” Barrett said. “I don’t know where it is going to end up, but I’m confident that it will be where I should be. Which I think is Tampa. It is up to Tampa Bay right now. Whatever they want to do. We are on board with them. Our plan is to get whatever we can out of anybody. But we are planning on Tampa. I am planning on Tampa.”

The NFL’s top pass rushers have been pushing north of $20 million per season on recent deals. Barrett was asked if he had a number in mind as far as what he wants or expects to make in 2020.

“I am not thinking about exact values, I just know whatever it is, it is going to set me and my family up for the rest of our lives,” Barrett said. “And to take care of my kids and their kids.

“I am just ready to get it done and start building my life in Tampa.”

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

16 COMMENTS

  1. Dude wants money clearly. Cant say I blame him. Hope we can come to terms and keep him here.

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    • If we Dont pay him, SOMEONE ELSE WILL!!!

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  2. “Our plan is to get whatever we can out of anybody”

    Yikes. Not really what Tampa brass wants to hear but don’t blame him. Aside from that one remark he mentioned he wants to be in Tampa.

    And we all know, Drew is feeding him word bits so hard to blame Shaq for any unsavory bites. This is a business and he is Drew’s puppet right now.

    He ain’t going anywhere and we will leverage the no state income tax and scheme familiarity to get a deal the team can live with. If not, we tag him. He is going NO WHERE.

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  3. He had a great season and I want him back! But! He was who he was with Suh and Vea tying people up and help from JPP after teams keyed in on him and he stalled out for a few games. He’s gonna get paid but I wouldn’t absolutely break the bank. Hopefully they can pay him well and give him security with a long term deal with enough guaranteed money, bringing back Suh and JPP as well.

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  4. They will need the franchise tag for him or get out a really big check book, can not waste tag on bust QB need it for Barrett!

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    • Bob when they sign Winston it wont mater cause you are not really a Buc fan. Just pointing out what you said ” I’m Done”
      Everybody is impressed with Barret and his outside rushing skills are like what Rice was. Remember him? Or were you still in grade school. Barrett’s speed is impressive on passing plays but it was our interior line that really helped. I also believe Barrett deserves a nice contract but not to break the bank. Take away vea and Suh and does Barrett have same stats? This article was about Barrett and it sucks that you always have to ruin it with a Winston dig. Buckle up butter cup and be a fan or not. I will dye a Buc fan even if they go 0-27 lol ok a mad Buc fan

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  5. Pete when when when, does it bother you Winston always was in the contract before season ended last 5 years.
    This year nothing!
    Stay tuned
    It won’t matter Winston in I am gone!
    Winston out I will stay

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    • Wow…. I would push even harder for Winston to stay now

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      • Grayballs would rather lose with Winston than have me here complaining about Winston.

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        • We all would, and that’s the gods honest truth. Your negative attitude has tainted these message boards for far too long. I’m not sure that signing Winston is the right choice, but if it means you disappear from here, then I’m all for it. ✌🏽

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  6. Absolutely incredible that folks are somehow put off by a youngster wanting to be rewarded for a stellar performance while at the same time exhibiting loyalty to the organization that gave him an opportunity. And the funny thing is, he’ll likely set up a local foundation to share his good fortune with others. Yet they fawn over actors, rock/rap stars and comics who spend their wealth on getting high and punks like Antonio Brown and OBJ. Expecting to be paid equal to ones’ peers isn’t greed.

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    • Well said sir.

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  7. One year of great playing is not enough time to give huge muti year contract, the franchise tag will keep him and allow 1 more year, then give him a big long term deal.
    Use tag on Barrett and not waste it on a proven loser QB who leads league every year in turnovers.
    What good is Barrett when your team is out playoffs by 3rd week OCT because turnover king QB practising his craft!

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    • Every year the tags are brought up, and every year the Bucs don’t assign them. Whistlin’ Dixie.

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  8. You cannot blame a guy for wanting to get paid. You would also. Either franchise or pay him. Because somebody out there will open their pocketbooks and..Pay The Man!

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  9. Can’t hate the kid for wanting money he deserves. Hes treating the business like a business, the NFL is not loyal to anyone, not even Brady- regardless of the situation there. My only concern is that he did it for ONLY one season, and with the group that was here now with. Other teams, I would imagine, pick up schemes and player weaknesses, I would love to see the same production next year but can way assume it will?? Let’s keep the trench walls standing and everything else behind it will fall in place.

    And let’s tweak out the jerseys this off season PLEASE!

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