Legal tampering kicked off at noon eastern time on Monday, and the biggest name still unsigned by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the clock struck twelve was outside linebacker, Shaquil Barrett.
According to a tweet from well known sports reporter Josina Anderson, the Bucs and their star pass-rusher have apparently done what they needed to ensure Barrett would be in pewter for the foreseeable future.
Of course, this is just a text between Barrett and Anderson, so no contract details are available at the time fo this writing.
However, it’s safe to assume this is going to be a multi-year deal as Barrett has made it known publicly on several occasions he’s looking for security as much as he was looking for opportunity when he arrived in Tampa, two years ago.
Pending verification of this report, and contract details, the Buccaneers now look primed to return ten of their eleven defensive starters with just Ndamukong Suh remaining as uncommitted at the moment.
Of course, legal tampering is never without drama, so nothing is done until the ink is dry. Stay tuned to Bucs Nation as we continue to monitor and share all the Tampa Bay Buccaneers news, as it develops.
UPDATE: After this posting ran, updated information was made available stating Barrett and the Buccaneers have agreed to a four-year contract worth $17 Million per year.
I can confirm Bucs have agreed to a four-year deal with outside linebacker Shaq Barrett. Starts at $17 million a year, can escalate to $18 million with 15 sacks and playoff appearance.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 15, 2021
UPDATE 2: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network now reporting while Shaq Barrett’s contract averages can reach upwards of $18 Million per year, his 2021 Salary Cap hit will only eat $5.6 Million. Another team leader doing things to ensure the franchise can bring back all their pieces.