Buccaneers’ Shaq Barrett speaks out on his plan for franchise tag
No deal just yet for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and defensive standout Shaq Barrett. The 27-year-old was placed under the team’s franchise tag earlier this year, but as per Barett, nothing is final until the end of the week.
“It’s still up in the air right now, about 50-50,” Barrett said Wednesday to Colleen Wolfe in NFL Total Access (per NFL.com) “We’ll find out a little more information on Friday.”
Shaq Barrett is currently one of the five players who have yet to sign their own franchise tags. Along with him, AJ Green of the Cincinnati Bengals, Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs, Yannick Ngakoue of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos have all opted to wait a few more weeks to finalize their respective deals.
The reigning NFL sacks leader signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers in 2019 after spending his first five seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he also won a Super Bowl ring. Tampa Bay seemed to struck gold with the young defensive stud, as he went on to have a career year for the team, finishing the season with 58 tackles, six forced fumbles, two pass deflections, one interception and a record-setting 19.5 sacks.
The Tampa Bay front office opted to reward Barrett’s stellar 2019 season with a $15.8 million tender last March which, according to Barrett himself, remains “up in the air” as the 2020 NFL season is fast approaching. Once the tag is signed, the Buccaneers and Barrett will have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal.