OLB/ DE, surprise stud, Shaquil Barrett was hopeful for a long term deal with the Buccaneers during the offseason, and for unknown reasons, the Buccaneers or Barrett’s camp were unable to come to agreeable terms.
Barrett stated Tuesday on NFL Network’s NFL NOW that he plans to sign the tender:
“I would love to get a deal done. I know they would love to get a deal done,” Barrett said. “But just the situation of the world right now is making it hard to get a deal done. So if we get one done, I’m going to be happy, it’s a blessing. But if not, I’m still happy to be down here for another year and potentially to get a deal done in the future once we do figure out how the season’s going to go and how next year possibly will be. I still have some hope for it, but I’m more optimistic for the one-year to get done over a long-term deal.”
There was the word that Barrett was unsure about signing the tag earlier, but it seems now that he will sign the tender that he recently accepted and be a Buccaneer for a least one more year.
The star outside linebacker, who wants to be classified as a defensive end, finished the 2019 season with 19.5 sacks (franchise record), 58 tackles, and 1 interception. Hopefully, as the 2020 season comes to a close, both camps can reach an agreeable deal. If the season repeats itself, then negotiations may be even harder in 2021.