It seems unlikely both happen.
The Bucs want Barrett back, but they may not be able to pay him what he wants. The pass rusher played this season under the one-year franchise that paid him $15.828 million.
During an interview the Pewter Report podcast Thursday, Bucs General Manager Jason Licht was asked about Barrett’s desire for a big payday in a long-term deal.
“I probably won’t touch on that,” Licht said. “I’m proud of Shaq. I understand that this is a business, and there’s no hard feelings over this. It’s just part of doing business. We’ll see what happens. We’d love to have Shaq back, that’s for sure.”
The Bucs could use a second tag on Barrett at a cost of $18.99 million.
Barrett made eight sacks and 16 quarterback hits in 2020, a year after making 19.5 sacks and 37 quarterback hits. If the Bucs don’t re-sign him, they will have to find a way to replace him.