With Bucs set to tag Chris Godwin, what happens with Shaq Barrett?

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The news that the Buccaneers will apply the franchise tag to receiver Chris Godwin means, by implication, that they won’t apply it to defensive end Shaq Barrett, for a second straight year.

It also implies, given the relative importance of the two players to the team, that Barrett is about to agree to terms on a long-term deal.

Barrett made $15.828 million under the tag in 2020. With a 20-percent bump, he would have been eligible for a one-year, $18.99 million salary if tagged a second time.

He won’t be tagged a second time. Which means that he’ll either hit the open market or sign a long-term deal.

It’s entirely possible that the Bucs and Barrett already have agreed to terms, allowing the Bucs to tag Godwin. It will be interesting to see whether news breaks of Barrett’s new deal today.

14 responses to “With Bucs set to tag Chris Godwin, what happens with Shaq Barrett?

  1. I’m a Denver fan, and boy did they drop the ball by letting Barrett go! You could tell he was gifted. Oh well….

  2. Or, based on Barrett’s $$ demands, the team feels they can find similar production at a reduced rate and are content to let him “break the bank” elsewhere.

  3. I suspected that the Bucs wouldn’t let Godwin leave. Brady repeatedly went to him in key moments & while Godwin had a few drops early in the playoffs, he came through on big plays.

    Surely do hope that the Bucs will be able to reach a long-term deal with Shaq Barrett.

  4. I think the whole buccaneers fanbase hopes that a long-term deal gets worked out with Shaq Barrett.

  5. It’s always fun reading the delusional jealous comments from the haters when your team is on top. Fans of other teams dreaming that Godwin, Barrett, or David will end up on their team. As Cartman said, “your tears of unfathomable sadness are delicious.”

  6. Barrett will probably get his deal here which means Lavonte David will probably be the odd man out.

  7. Umm, unless Goodell will also help them cheat the cap alongisde the calls in the super bowl, he gone.

  8. Lavonte David is the key to the whole defense, both in the locker room, diagnosing where everyone should be, and making plays sideline to sideline. Shaq Barrett is great but his only role is to rush off the edge and that is easier to replace than a pristine middle linebacker. You don’t want Devin White all by himself and that position is difficult to draft. Godwin is important because he understands the slot. Of the three biggies to me Barrett while amazing is the most replaceable.

  9. Sign Shaq Barrett….wide receivers are a dime a dozen. Franchise tag Barrett, not Godwin.

  10. Clitoral Hood says:
    March 9, 2021 at 4:14 pm
    Sign Shaq Barrett….wide receivers are a dime a dozen. Franchise tag Barrett, not Godwin.
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    I believe Patriot nation could challenge your assumption about receivers…

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