Shaquil Barrett has been released by the Tampa Bay Buucaneers

The Buccaneers finished 9-8 this past season, first in the AFC South. That allowed Tampa Bay to host a playoff game. Baker Mayfield and his teammates routed the Eagles in the wildcard round, 32-9. Unfortunately, the Bucs lost in the divisional round. Despite that, there was a lot of momentum to build off that season and carry into 2024. 

Several important decisions must be made to save the most valued players on their roster. Baker Mayfield and Mike Evans are impending free agents this offseason. That is why Tampa Bay had to make a tough decision and cut veteran LB Shaquil Barrett. He was set to enter the final year of a $68 million extension he signed in 2021. At 31, Barrett will surely be picked up by a team that could use his services.

Shaquil Barrett is out in Tampa Bay after five seasons

The #Bucs are expected to release Shaquil Barrett as a Post-June 1 cut.

• Dead money in 2024: $9.2M
• Dead money in 2025: $17.4M
• Cap savings after 6/1: $4.9M https://t.co/pn5J74w9Sq

— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 27, 2024

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Shaquil Barrett was being released by the Buccaneers. He was owed a $15.04 million signing bonus in March. Tampa Bay will have $9.2 million in dead money for the two-time Pro Bowler in 2024. However, releasing Barrett does open up $4.9 million in cap space after June 1st. Moving forward, Tampa Bay will have a void to fill at OLB with Barrett no longer on the team.

Shaquil Barrett started his career with the Denver in 2015 after going undrafted out of Colorado State. The 31-year-old played four seasons with the Broncos. He won a championship in his first season with the team. After his rookie contract was up, Barrett hit free agency and signed with the Bucs. In his first season with Tampa Bay, Barrett had a league-high (19.5) sacks. Next year, Tampa Bay went on to beat Kansas City in the Super Bowl. Barrett’s production fell that season, but he was still part of their championship run.


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Author : Zach Wolpin

Publish date : 2024-02-27 13:46:48

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