Shaq Barrett had a career year in his first season with the Bucs, and he’s getting national recognition because of it as Pro Football Talk has named Barrett as their defensive of player of the year.

Barrett had a breakout season after signing a one-year contract with Tampa Bay, where he broke the Bucs’ single season franchise record for sacks with 19.5, breaking Warren Sapp’s previous record of 16.5. Barrett came to Tampa Bay to get more playing time as a full time starter after being a backup on the Denver Broncos and had an immediate impact with the Bucs.

With 19.5 sacks, Barrett led the NFL with sacks on the season, edging out the Cardinals Chandler Jones by a half sack. Barrett also recorded 57 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and one interception along the way to earning his first Pro Bowl honors.

Barrett is set to be an unrestricted free agent, but Bruce Arians has shown intentions to bring Barrett back and Barrett has stated that he wants to be with the Bucs in 2020 as well. Barrett will be in contention for the NFL’s Defensive Player Of The Year Award with other candidates including Jones and Patriots cornerback Stephon Gillmore. You can read Pro Football Talk’s article here.

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  1. Congratulations to Shaq and the entire front 7!

    Funny coincidence:
    Aaron Donald had 20.5 sacks when lining up with Suh. Named DPOY.
    Barrett had 19.5 sacks this year and was also named DPOY.

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    • BigSom, I’ve been saying this all season long! Suh elevated everyone around him to include Vea. Donald wasnt nearly as effective without Thanos93 next to him. Bring back the mercenary and let him call Tanpa home is what I say.. leta not forget, this man can still give OCs nightmares just him alone. Should have been a pro bowler if you ask me, I think he had 2 TDs on the year??

      My priority list to being back..
      Shaq
      Suh/JPP
      Nassib
      Minter

      Happy new years!

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      • Me too. Its no secret that I hated Gerald McCoy’s play the last 3 years in Tampa. I was overjoyed when the Bucs brought Suh in and immediately game him #93.

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        • Interesting stats on Suh and JPP. Historically, they play a higher percentage of snaps than other players. Meaning you actually have to have less defensive players in their position AND there is less drop off since they are playing all of those plays.

          I agree with signing those defensive guys.

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        • Since they both been drafted I was a bit sour we didn’t get Suh. I know Sapp felt the same way too, would have been like he never left.

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  3. Congratulation Shaq; we all want you back! Go Bucs!

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  4. Give credit where credit is due: Licht.

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  5. From the very get go I knew that Donald wouldn’t be nearly what he was without Suh, and guys like Vea and Suh made Barrett shine this year like I knew he would. That’s why Barrett state’s he wanted to help make sure all the guys are brought back because they help him be his best.

    What I Loved about Barrett this year is how many times he turned it on late to get multiple sacks in the 4th Quarter. That’s what Sapp used to do and what we’ve needed a Dlineman to do for years. Suh even played better in the 4th. McCoy never did so very glad we made the switch at DT.

    They’ve got a lot of work to do but hopefully they can bring back as much of the necessary Defense as they can, fix the Oline and Running Game, and make a run at it next year…

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    • Exactly right Spitfire. The game against the Falcons showed that #58 was a play-maker who “kicked it up a notch” when the game was on the line. McCoy did that once in his tenure.

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  6. Congrats to Shaq! It’s always nice when someone bets on themselves and their talent and then hits the lottery! Well done my man! Lastly, we must not underestimate the affect that Suh brings to that front defensive line! He is still a beast and is almost as important to resign as Shaq… if Shaq wants to continue to get double digit sacks next year too. Suh requires a double team most all the time and is extremely disruptive on that defensive line!

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  7. Has everyone forgotten that suh did NOT command dbl teams all year, like u think. in fact VEA was more important, and dbl’d more than suh. shaq kicked it bc of the ENTIRE D front. nassib, jpp, gholston, and ILB’s-lavonte and devin! Suh is probably least effective d-lineman, but would agree he offers impt intangibles and experience. But not worth 10 million next year, draft young DT/DE with 1st rd pic, ie. javon Kinlaw, or Epenesa and get younger, more energy, and cheaper, along with more penetration up middle. Pair young DL pic with Vea for next 5-7 years. Thats how u get better, not holding on with Suh. IF he signs reasonable contract next year, great, keep him, but dont overpay! U already gotta do that for SHAQ! Remember, he did this one year only, am a big fan, but… what happens when other teams expect it next year and plan for him, better sign JPP and Nassib?! Cant pay everyone! Suh, Beau, gotta go…Nelson needs to get ready and stay healthy.

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    • Some folks don’t watch what really is going on with the D-line. They’re too busy following the ball because that’s what the TV cameras are doing. Fans should to the game, sit in the stands so they can watch a bigger picture than their 65″ Sony. Vita Vea was a force in spite of his efforts not showing up on his personal stat sheet.

      With all of the criticism aimed at Jason Licht, including Scubog at times, he’s got to get some credit for free-agents Barrett, Nasib, Suh and Perriman.

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      • scubog it seems like the less money Licht has to spend he does a much better job.

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  8. Swing and a homerun by Licht.

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  9. Congrats to Shaq, steal of the off season along with JPP & Suh. 3 pieces I have to give licht credit for with all his other free agency blunders. Shaq doesn’t do it without Suh & Vea. Please Licht keep Shaq, JPP, and Suh together for the sake of helping our young secondary with pressure! Congrats Shaq!

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  10. It was great to see Vea and Suh quiet BAB down with with stats lol

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    • So impressed with Veta 40 solo tackles 2.5 sacks in 16 games
      What is that like 121 other tackles made more tackles and sacks in 2019
      I know tackles do not matter in the stats it havoc he causes not tackling

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      • You should take my advice Bob and actually attend a game once in a while so you can watch the impact Vea makes and not rely on some tally sheet. Heck, maybe I’ll take you with me sometime.

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  11. At the last gam, I saw Drew Rosenhaus there with Shaq’s family. I’m sure he was there to get that extension going to keep him here.

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  12. It would be ironic if he wins DPOY, and yet is voted a 2nd team All Pro.

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