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FAB 1. Bucs Look To Lock Up Barrett – And Nassib

The restructure of Jason Pierre-Paul’s contract tells us that his days in Tampa Bay appear to be numbered, unless he returns from his neck injury – and returns with a vengeance – over the last 10 games of the season and picks up from where he left off last year when he recorded a team-high 12.5 sacks.

The Bucs don’t necessarily believe Pierre-Paul will automatically return to form, which is why they restructured his contract and loaded it with incentives geared around his health and performance. Even his $3 million base salary for the rest of the season isn’t guaranteed in case he re-injures his neck.

But the big news about Pierre-Paul’s contract restructure wasn’t about this year’s money.

It’s the fact that Pierre-Paul, who will turn 31 on January 1, will become an unrestricted free agent in 2020 because both sides agreed to void the final year of his contract.

That frees up $12.5 million worth of cap room next year to not only spend on outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, whose torrid start to the season with eight sacks already has the Bucs itching to sign him to a long-term contract extension, but also outside linebacker Carl Nassib.

According to OverTheCap.com, the Bucs were slated to have $66,428,251 worth of salary cap space available in 2020 before Pierre-Paul’s final year was voided. Now Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht and director of football administration Mike Greenberg will have in excess of $78.9 million to work with, and that’s enough money to not only re-sign quarterback Jameis Winston to a long-term contract extension if his play warrants such a deal, but also to re-sign both Barrett and Nassib.

With an NFL-leading eight sacks along with two forced fumbles, Barrett, who signed a one-year deal worth $4 million, immediately becomes Tampa Bay’s top priority, but the team is also very high on the idea of re-signing Nassib, and with very good reason.

The 6-foot-7, 275-pound Nassib was named a team captain this year along with inside linebacker Lavonte David. That’s quite a remarkable feat considering that Nassib didn’t even join the Bucs until the first week of September last year when Licht snatched him off the waiver wire.

Bucs OLBs Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs OLBs Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“It didn’t surprise me at all from what I saw last year,” said Bucs inside linebacker Kevin Minter. “A lot of guys gravitate towards him. I’ve been in this scheme for a long time and not nearly as many outside linebackers have picked it up as quickly as Carl has.”

The departure of Gerald McCoy and Pierre-Paul’s absence due to his neck injury prompted Nassib to step up and fill the leadership void on the defensive side of the ball. Nassib’s teammates recognized that and voted for his captainship en masse.

“I wasn’t surprised that he got the captain vote at all,” said Bucs nose tackle Beau Allen. “Carl has a lot of energy and when you are talking about guys that do [expletive] the right way, I would put Carl at the top of that category. Football is very important to him. He knows the defense and does the [expletive] that he’s supposed to do, and that’s what you want out of your captain.”

Nassib, a first-year team captain, was incredibly excited to receive the overwhelming support from his teammates.

“It was [expletive] awesome,” Nassib said. “It’s not something I take for granted and I’m really happy that I got it.”

The reason why Nassib was named a team captain wasn’t just due to his vocal leadership. It was also due to his production, as he beat out veteran Vinny Curry for the starting strongside defensive end job and recorded 29 tackles and a career-high 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in his first season in Tampa Bay.

This year through three games, Nassib has eight tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. That sack and fumble recovery came in last week’s 32-31 loss to the New York Giants.

Bucs OLB Carl Nassib
Bucs OLB Carl Nassib – Photo by: Getty Images

“I voted for him,” said Bucs defensive end Will Gholston. “He’s a vocal leader, but he shows his leadership more with his actions. He’s the kind of guy that you don’t have to worry about not coming to work and working everyday. He’s someone who is not afraid to speak his mind, and you look for that in a leader.”

Even players on offense like tight end Antony Auclair, who is charged with blocking Nassib in practice, supported his captain candidacy.

“I voted for him,” Auclair said. “He’s stepped up in the locker room. He’s good with everybody. He talks to everybody on the team. He’s positive. He’s everything you want in a leader. Plus, he’s a little crazy, too. You have to be crazy to play on defense.”

It’s hard to find anyone that didn’t vote for Nassib in the Bucs locker room. His type of leadership is more urgent and more demanding than that of the more laid back McCoy’s from years past. We’ll see if that sense of urgency can pull Tampa Bay out of a 1-2 start this year and a 5-11 funk over the last two seasons.

Folks inside the walls of the AdventHealth Training Center believe that Barrett will continue his impressive sack attack in Week 4 in Los Angeles and for the rest of the season to earn a lucrative contract extension.

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett
Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“No one’s done it – it’s a first,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said. “To me, when you put that in the history of football, that’s big. What he’s done is big and hopefully he can continue.”

But the Bucs’ brass is also expecting Nassib to beat his career season from a year ago playing opposite Barrett, and to lock up both young, 26-year old linebackers for years to come. With the money freed up from Pierre-Paul’s extension the team has the flexibility to do just that.

Good pass rushers are hard to find, and Licht has found two of them within the last two years. And he plans on keeping them, too.

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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. Well we stopped Barkley, and the Giants running game last week, and still gave up 35 points to a rookie QB getting his first start. I think it’s getting old saying we have to shut down the run every week when the NFL has become a passing league. I said last weeks game would come down to what the QB’s did, not just stopping Barkley, and it did. Spin Jameis’s numbers all you want, but he was completely out played by Jones in the second half last week. In the home opener he handed the 49ers the game with two pick six’s. He did enough to win at Carolina, but more importantly he didn’t give the game away with picks, or fumbles. Last week as I said he had an impressive first half, but sure didn’t do enough in the second half to secure the win. Don’t hate me, I don’t hate Jameis, but he hasn’t shown me so far he’s the man we should give 30 plus million a year to. Now to this game. Yeah Gurley needs to be held in check, but the game will come down to which QB does better. There’s a reason QB’s are paid the most, and every team want’s ( that guy). So will Jameis tear it up, and not be the reason we lose, or will Goff do it. Most weeks that’s what it comes down to. Which QB puts his team in the best position to get the win.

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    • Which qb puts their team in postion to win you say? So having a fg from about 27 yards to win the game isnt putting your team in position? Spin it how you want dude ,but you just made your own comments look stupid.

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      • A quarterback who scored no TDs in the second half, but throws it to the other team in the second half, completely negates any possible effect of any kicker.

        If you are depending upon kickers to win games, you have a losing team. Period.

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        • A qb that throws for 380 yards and 3 tds is more than enough naples. It was a chip shot fg to win the game, spin it how you want. But that is a fact. And how is jameis supposed to do anything when he passed the ball 1 time in the 4th quarter? I know i know, its hard for you to grasp, but again youre making zero point here as usual. Fg was a chip shot to win, jameis put us in position to win. You cant change that to fit whatever narrative you want.

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    • Agreed CG. Surfer, I used to enjoy your posts. They were always informative. Now you sound like a kid who got his ball taken away from him. Jameis doesn’t call the plays, jameis didn’t give up 35 points to a rookie, jameis didn’t miss two extra points and a field goal. Take the hate elsewhere because your credibility is about as high as BAB and that’s not a good thing

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    • You know nothing about football so please watch more games so you can learn thank you

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  2. Hoping Jensen, Godwin, and Vea all get to play Sunday. They’ve all made their presence known so far this season. I like the idea of locking up Barrett and Nassib long term. JPP prefers to play in a 4-3 anyway. Glad we’re likely to have that extra 13 million in cap space next season.

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  3. So the Bucs will have close to $79 mill next offseason? Winston, Barrett and Nassib extensions. Also need to get a vet CB, let VH3 go, and sign a LT, move Smith to RT.

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    • You think Donovan smith will be better at RY? I never thought about that. I agree with everything we need too add a Veteran CB and Safety to this team

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  4. Winston extension? Hold on there fella, maybe you’ve seen enough to extend him, but I’m still waiting. Read my last post, it’s going to come down to which QB plays better as it usually does. Winston has to prove he can win more games then he loses to get a big pay day, that’s why he’s hasn’t been locked up yet. This is prove it year, and so far he’s proved jack shit. Let’s see how it plays out before signing that check.

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    • Since you seem to think it’s all on the QB, I guess Rodgers was the reason they lost last night huh? We all know if Jameis did that, you’d be calling for his release. You can’t have it both ways.

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    • I’m an FSU fan. I’ve been watching Jameis since like 2012. I know the QB he is and the potential is still there.

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  5. Can’t believe you waisted an entire page talking about “Captainship”. Listen Nassib may be a nice guy, vocal leader, hard worker and everything else but what Nassib has shown me the 1yr he’s been here is that he is just a guy. Nassib still haven’t figured out how to get off a block, he’s drawing on every play a single blocker and once they get their hands on him he’s stuck. Nassib is a decent rotational player but that’s all. Nothing against him it’s just my opinion.

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  6. A win Sunday and we are right back in the thick of things. I hope Daniel Jones lights it up to help mend another QB having there career game against the Bucs. Pound the rock and let Rojo have a great homecoming. Defend the run, keep Gurley under 75 yards and lets see if we get a couple breaks for a road win on the dreaded west coast.

    Go Bucs
    Bucs 24-17

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  7. Well, as always, the bottom line is the bottom line. And in football and other team sports, the bottom line is winning. Everything else is just explanation for the winning or losing.

    To date this season, at 1-2, the Bucs on “on pace” to win 5 games, repeating the sorry results of the previous two 5-11 seasons.

    Unfortunately for the Bucs, most expect the “pace” to go lower not higher.

    But we’ll see come the end of the season.

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  8. Soooo is anyone else concerned that Jameis has never thrown a reciever open to get YAC when the ball has to travel 30+ yards in the air ? If that throw to Mike is a little bit better, Mike gets into the endzone. We’ve never seen that kind of throw from him!

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    • Rewatch Godwins last catch of his rookie season vs NO. That’s the throw you’re looking for. Can Winston do it? Yes. Would we like to see more of it? Absolutely!

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  9. This article is close on JPP but not quite right. Yes, the Bucs hope he can come back this year but the odds are stacked against him. They are cutting their potential losses by paying him more but cutting the contract for one year. There is a story out there saying the Bucs doubt he will be able to play again. That is the reality of JPP. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/jason-pierre-paul-agrees-to-restructured-contract-with-bucs/ar-AAHPtYd

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  10. IDK Scott – I find it amazing no matter how hard it’s raining on him, you can always find a ray of sunshine around Jason Licht.

    How much better would our offense be with Humphries ($5m cap in Tenn), instead of the horrible Perriman ($4m cap in TB) and his 4 drops this year? That’s $1m difference.

    You also missed noting his biggest financial move of the offseason – swapping out Donovan Smith at $1.93m of cap, for Donovan Smith at $12.5m of cap…a negative to the cap of $10.5m!!!! All to sign the worst LT in the league…..and it’s not just me, or pff saying that….you guys put Donovan Smith on your Worst Performers list more than any other Buc.

    Face it – the guy is not good at this GM stuff….

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  11. The fact still remains that we can win any game if everyone shows up. Just like the past couple years we could be 3-0 just as easily as 0-3 so far this year. If we can bring both ‘fences together at once we can win any game. We have seen improvements in some areas and weaknesses in others and it’s all about how they learn and improve. For al we know, this long road trip will allow them to focus on nothing but their game and it could go a lot better than expected. Nothing wrong with Hope!!!

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  12. Thank you Scott for the information.
    I will be recording the Bucs and will not be watching them live for a while until I feel like they can be winners. I’ve been disappointed so many times, but this last one has really got me.
    I have been a Buc fan since 1976. I have gone through two 15 year no playoffs games time-frames. I’m not wasting my time anymore for a while. I’m not giving up on Bucs, but I’m not going to put myself in a position again where hope is scratched just like that! Presently we are no better than what we were last season or many past seasons. You all enjoy the game; I’ll watch them if they win the game via recorder; much healthier for me right now.

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  13. Blaming Jameis Winston for the loss to the Giants is just another attempt to spew the anti-Winston agenda with virtually no supporting data other than the “L”. Typical Naples who, while far more rational than Bob, usually emerges to enlighten the rest of us about #3 after a loss. To be sure, Jameis has his faults and his play hasn’t been consistent enough or spectacular enough to overcome the shortcomings of his teammates. But in this game against the “Gints”, Jameis’ play contributed to the 18 point lead and put the team in excellent position, with but a few seconds to travel the length of the field, to kick what should have been the game-winner.

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  14. Much less drama without GMC. The D-line seems to work as a unit not individuals. Good future.

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  15. Great work by Licht!!

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  16. Licht releases free agent mistakes (though weren’t your examples really Lovie’s?), but he does hold onto draft picks (Spence and Hardgraeves come to mind). To me having a guy money for the really, really important kicks (40 in) who *can* bang a long one (Santos) is more important than spending a draft pick on a guy who’s iffy from closer but can bang from far (and don’t give me Gay’s 39-40 ratio within 40 in college. Look at how the ball comes off his foot. If it’s straight and true (think Justin Tucker), it doesn’t matter if he makes it, it’s HOW he made it. With Gay and Aguayo, even though the field goal was made it was always drifting to one side or the other. This will manifest itself in the pros and has).

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  17. Let me see if I understand. We’ve lost of three games to the worst two teams in football and the answers provided by the coaching staff are platitudes as follows:
    1. It takes 60 minutes to win games.
    2. We just didn’t make plays.
    3. I took a penalty to move back.
    4. I took a lot of sacks.

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  18. Fab 3 is incorrect. Arians said in his presser Matt Gay “is our kicker and isnt going anywhere.” So no they will not be releasing Gay of course

    The kid bounced back and nailed 4 straight FGs including a 50 + yarder. He wasnt the reason we lost. It was obviously on the defense and specifically the Secondary is to blame.

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