Shaq Barrett leads the NFL in sacks this season, and yesterday he recorded his 13th and 14th sack on the season, which puts him at 14.5 so far on the year. Shaq only needs 2.5 sacks this season to take over Warren Sapp’s single-season franchise record of 16.5 sacks.
Barrett was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent this offseason and is proving that he could be among a long list of Tampa’s best offseason acquisitions.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2014, Barrett didn’t get his start until 2015. He was active in all 16 games, starting in just six of those, and with 5.5 sacks. 4 forced fumbles and 4 pass defends, he began showing promise. However, it seems that the Broncos didn’t see it that way. He did not start again until 2017, in which he started 9 games, recording 2 forced fumbles and 4 sacks. He would not start again until signing with the Buccaneers.
Shaq Barrett was off to a fast start with the Buccaneers, recording 9 sacks in the first 4 games of the season, leading the NFL, and so far, never losing that lead. The Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan is nipping at Barrett’s heels with 13.5 sacks and is closely followed by Arizona’s Linebacker Chandler Jones, who has 13 on the season. Pittsburg Linebacker T.J. Watt brings up 4th place with 12.5 sacks.
Barrett is certainly having himself a solid season, and if he can lay the quarterback down 8.5 more times this season, he could take the NFL single-season sack record, which is currently held by Defensive End Michael Strahan, who set the record in 2001 with 22.5 sacks.