Breakout pass rusher Shaq Barrett has stated that his family hates moving and he would love to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As we wind towards the final stretch of the 2019 NFL season, it becomes time to wonder which team’s will be retaining their playmakers going into the 2020 season. That’s no different for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and rumors have been swirling about who might stay and who might not be wearing the pewter and red as we roll into the start of a new decade; one of those players being Shaq Barrett.
Fortunately, it looks like one of the biggest defensive playmakers for the pewter and red isn’t going anywhere. Outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett has only been with the Bucs for one year, but he’s already made more of an impact in the last 13 games than he did in four years with the Denver Broncos.
Per Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com, Barrett and family “hate moving” and “would love” to be in Tampa in 2020. It’s gotta be a relief for fans who have come to clamor for Barrett’s devastating sacks, which have played a key role by invigorating a defense that isn’t always going full bore.
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While this is Barrett’s fifth year in the NFL, his work with the Bucs has been a night and day comparison to his four years with the Denver Broncos. It might sound like a drastic comparison, but the numbers ring out.
In four years with the Denver Broncos, Shaq Barrett had zero interceptions. He’s had one in the last 13 games with the Buccaneers. In four years with the Denver Broncos, Shaq Barrett had a total of 7 forced fumbles. He’s had six in the last 13 games with the Bucs.
Finally, Shaq Barrett had a grand total of 14 sacks in his four years with the Denver Broncos. In the last 13 games with the Bucs, Shaq Barrett has 14.5 sacks and leads the NFL in sacks. Barrett hasn’t just been an asset to the Buccaneers, but the team appears to have been an asset to him as well.
As someone else who personally despises the process of moving, I can absolutely appreciate his family’s desire to not go through that again any time soon. Fortunately, that also means we should be seeing Shaq Barrett demolish opposing quarterbacks for another year or (hopefully) even longer.