Despite Shaquil Barrett and the Buccaneers coming to terms on a new four-year deal that could pay him up to $72 million, there was still something left to settle.
His grievance filed last season with the NFLPA for not properly calculating the franchise tag by categorizing outside linebackers and inside linebackers was settled Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Rich get richer: Bucs are paying Shaq Barrett a settlement from last year's franchise-tag grievance in the amount of $1.372 million - in addition to his new contract this week, per source. Good week for Barrett and his bank account.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2021
The added $1.372 million will count towards the Buccaneers 2021 salary cap. According to ESPN, the hearing that was scheduled for the grievance field has been canceled as a result.
Last season, Barrett’s cap figure was $15.8 million due to the outside linebacker designation. Due to the discrepancy — which at the time was whether he should be viewed as a defensive end sue to the scheme — Barrett did not immediately agree to playing under the tag until just before training camp.
This decision allows for both sides to officially move forward without anything hanging in the balance.