Shaquille Barrett signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season and capped the year off by setting the team’s single-season sack record once owned by Hall of Fame defensive end, Warren Sapp. During the offseason, the Buccaneers placed a rare franchise tag on the veteran linebacker to ensure a higher likelihood that he would remain with the team. However, Barrett recently appeared on NFL Access and that he is not 100% certain he will sign the franchise tag.
As reported by NFL.com’s Grant Gordon, Shaq Barrett ‘still up in the air’ about signing franchise tag.
“It’s still up in the air right now, about 50-50,” Barrett said Wednesday on NFL Total Access when asked by Colleen Wolfe what the story was behind him having yet to sign. “We’ll find out a little more information on Friday.”
Barrett received a non-exclusive tag which is worth $15.8 million guaranteed for the 2020 season. Although negations for a long-term contract are still possible, the Bucs and Barrett have until July 15th, 2020 to come to terms. If no deal can be had by then, Barrett will simply play on the franchise tag and have to postpone long term negotiations until the following season.
“Sack” Barrett recorded a monumental 19.5 sacks in 2019 and came within 3 sacks of tying Michael Strahan’s single-season NFL record of 22.5. I believe Shaq Barrett will sign the tag before the July 15th deadline, and worry about an extension next season. But which move would favor the Buccaneers? Paying him $15.8 Million for one season or working out a long term deal? Of course, the long term deal is more cap friendly for 2020, but due to the impact COVID-19 had has on the sport’s world, maybe it’s smarter for Shaq Barrett to take the money and run.