Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaq Barrett has plans of remaining with the organization for the foreseeable future. Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Barrett is interested in inking a long-term deal to stay with the Bucs following a 2019 season in which he led the league in sacks with 19.5.
“If [other teams] offer me more than Tampa, I’m going to look at the places, if they offer me more than Tampa, I’m going to look at what their taxes is compared to Tampa’s,” Shaq Barrett said. “Because I ain’t going to live in L.A. and get taxed crazy.”
Shaq Barrett is a free agent coming on the heels of a single season spent with the Bucs. He became a full-time starter for the first time in his career, having spent the first five years of his career with the Denver Broncos after being scooped up as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State.
Tampa Bay will have multiple significant roster decision to make during the off-season, coming off a year in which the team went 7-9 despite being the only team in the league to finish below .500 and yet still boast a positive point differential. Not only will Shaq Barrett’s contract status be up in the air (with a franchise tag designation possible), but also that of franchise quarterback Jameis Winston, who would likely command a long-term deal of his own.
“I’m not going to take drastically less but I am open to doing what I think is best for my career, and I think that would be staying in Tampa,” Barrett said.
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