Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you have followed the Reign of Terror being brought on by Shaq Barrett. Once a back up behind Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, even Bradley Chubb, Barrett signed a one-year deal with Tampa back in March. The rest has been, well, HISTORY.
Barrett leads the league with 15.5 sacks and sits second tied with 2002 Sack Demon Simeon Rice. Rice was another free agent acquisition that came into Tampa and lit up the sack margin; however, Barrett and Rice’s stories are quite different.
Rice’s monster ability was not overlooked while playing in Arizona in fact, Simeon rice recorded 51.5 sacks during his 5 seasons with the Cardinals, which are good for fourth All-Time in franchise history for career sacks and in 1999 recorded 16.5 sacks which are good for #2 in franchise history for single-season sacks.
Rice continued his beastly manner in Tampa Bay with 69.5 sacks, which are second All-Time in franchise history for career sacks. Rice also owned the Buccaneers second(15.5), third(15.0), and fourth(14.0) spots for single-season sacks in Buccaneers franchise history. Rice was the last Buc to record double-digit sacks in a season until JPP broke that feat last season when he recorded 12.5 sacks. Of course, Shaq Barrett has surpassed both of them.
Now, Barrett is only 1 sack away from tying Hall-of-Famer and Ring of Honor inductee, Warren Sapp. Sapp set the record for the most sacks in a season when he posted 16.5 sacks back in 2000.
With only 3 games left, will Barrett break Sapp’s record? Is the NFL single-season sack record(22.5) in jeopardy too? Where will he break it?