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NFL Rumors: Shaquil Barrett Released by Buccaneers Ahead of $15.04 M Contract Bonus

Adam WellsFebruary 27, 2024

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Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Shaquil Barrett is set to end up being a totally free representative for the 2nd time in 4 years.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are launching Barrett before he is owed a $15.04 million alternative reward next month.

Barrett initially signed up with the Bucs as a totally free representative in March 2019. He signed a 1 year offer after investing the very first 4 seasons of his profession with the Denver Broncos.

That agreement ended up being a take for the Buccaneers. Barrett led the NFL with 19.5 sacks and ended up 4th in Defensive Player of the Year ballot in 2019. He used the franchise tag in 2020.

Following the Bucs’ Super Bowl triumph in the 2020 season, Barrett signed a four-year, $72 million handle March 2021.

The very first season of that agreement worked out, with Barrett taping a team-high 10 sacks in 15 video games throughout the 2021 project. His 2022 season ended after 8 video games when he suffered a torn Achilles in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Tampa reorganized Barrett’s offer soon before the start of last season, maximizing $10.5 million in cap area. The relocation decreased his 2024 base pay to $1.21 million.

Per Spotrac, the Bucs will be on the hook for a $26.7 million dead-cap charge if they do not wish to utilize the post-June 1 cut classification. If they choose to utilize the post-June 1 classification, Barrett’s dead-cap number will be $9.3 million and they’ll conserve $4.9 million versus the cap.

Tampa currently has $43.7 million in cap area entering into the offseason. The group does have a great deal of huge free-agent choices to make, consisting of possibly re-signing quarterback Baker Mayfield and pass receiver Mike Evans.

Barrett had the ability to remain healthy last season coming off the Achilles injury. He began 18 of their 19 video games in between the routine season and playoffs. His efficiency hasn’t returned to the pre-injury type.

The 31-year-old documented 9 quarterback hits and 4.5 sacks in 16 regular-season video games.

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