The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took one main step Tuesday to make sure they preserve their Tremendous Bowl-winning core in 2021, utilizing their franchise tag on beginning vast receiver Chris Godwin. Now, they’re already engaged on taking one other. Hours after securing Godwin’s rights for not less than yet one more season, the Buccaneers have begun talks on a long-term contract with star go rusher Shaquil Barrett. That is in response to ProFootballTalk and Sports activities Illustrated‘s Albert Breer, who reported Tuesday that Tampa Bay is hoping to lock up its different prime free agent forward of the official begin of the offseason subsequent week.
“Barrett will not come low-cost,” Breer wrote. “(However) the Bucs have begun discussions in earnest on a long-term deal (for) … one of many stars of Tremendous Bowl LV and an important edge rusher in Todd Bowles’ protection.”
Each Barrett and Godwin have been extensively speculated as candidates to obtain the Buccaneers’ franchise tag forward of free company. With Godwin now set to play below the one-year tender in 2021 (absent a long-term settlement of his personal), Barrett may nonetheless hit the open market when the NFL‘s authorized tampering window opens March 15. He is expressed curiosity in re-signing with the Buccaneers courting again to final offseason, when he obtained the tag following a 2019 breakout, however may additionally demand a top-of-the-market deal that is available in out of Tampa Bay’s worth vary.
The 28-year-old go rusher, who initially joined the Bucs on a one-year contract in 2019 following 5 years with the Denver Broncos, may conceivably earn as much as $20 million per season on a brand new deal, particularly if he really hits the market as one in all free company’s prime defensive ends. His numbers declined in 2020, when he logged eight sacks a yr after posting a league-leading 19.5, however he nonetheless produced throughout Tampa Bay’s Tremendous Bowl run, in simply his second season as a full-time starter.