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Shaquil Barrett, Bucs don’t reach long term agreement ahead of deadline

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No long term deal could be reached ahead of the deadline, but Barrett will play in 2020 under the franchise tag

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

There was never really any question that Shaquil Barrett would be back in red and pewter for the 2020 season. The only question was in what capacity? As the deadline to work out long term deals came to a close on Wednesday, Barrett and the Buccaneers were unable to reach that long term agreement so Barrett will sign his $15.8 million dollar franchise tag;

Barrett’s agent Drew Rosenhaus had filed a grievance with the NFL in the last week, seeking a Defensive End franchise tag - worth $2 million more than the $15.8 Barrett is slated to get. The grievance is still pending;

Ultimately, it’s the right deal for both sides right now. Yes, Barrett was seeking long term stability, but this is far more than he’s ever made in his career. As for the Bucs, they likely wanted to see Barrett do something close to replicating his 2019 performance where he was the NFL’s sack leader before they committed long term years and long term money into someone that had only performed at that level for one season.

The two sides will work on a long term deal for sure, but there’s a lot riding on what that contract would be as far as Barrett’s 2020 season is concerned. He’s either going to have another stellar season and really cash in or the Buccaneers could be looking at locking him up long term at a bit of a discount if he can’t live up to 2019’s numbers.