BREAKING: 2-Time Pro Bowler & Super Bowl Champ Surprisingly Released … What Team Needs His Impactful Leadership??

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of the biggest surprises of the 2023 NFL season.

With Tom Brady retired, many thought they’d not only take a significant step back but would end up being one of the worst teams in the league.

Enter Baker Mayfield…

With the Bucs expected to sign Mayfield to a lucrative deal to keep him in Tampa, the arrow is pointing up … However, they have a few important decisions to make in regard to their cap situation.

They just made one of those decisions today.

The Bucs have decided to release linebacker Shaquil Barrett in a move that will save nearly $5 million in salary cap space.

Barrett, facing a $15.04 million option bonus due next month, expressed awareness of the possibility of being cut due to his significant cap charge.

“It’s a business,” he said.

The Buccaneers will designate Barrett as a post-June 1 cut, allowing them to spread his $26.67 million dead cap charges over the 2024 and 2025 seasons, mitigating immediate financial impact.

Consequently, Barrett’s cap hit will amount to $9.27 million in 2024 and $17.47 million in 2025.

The 31-year-old linebacker, a pivotal figure in Tampa Bay’s string of success in recent years, earned recognition as a two-time Pro Bowler during his five-season tenure with the Buccaneers.

He notably contributed to the team’s Super Bowl victory in 2020, delivering standout performances, including a memorable three-sack masterpiece against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

Barrett endured personal tragedy in April 2023 when his 2-year-old daughter, Arrayah, tragically drowned. Despite the emotional turmoil, he returned for the season, where he totaled 52 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

In a poignant moment during the Week 2 matchup against the Bears, Barrett intercepted quarterback Justin Fields, scoring a touchdown and dedicating the play to his late daughter.

An undrafted free agent from Colorado State in 2015, Barrett has totaled an impressive 59 sacks during the course of his nine NFL seasons.

Barrett’s best years are most likely behind him. However, he still offers plenty of value with his experience and veteran leadership.

How much do you think he has left in the tank?

Who do you think should scoop him up???

 

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