Contemporary off of signing a four-year, $68 million deal to return to the Bucs, exterior linebacker Shaq Barrett spoke with the media on Wednesday to debate the method of agreeing to phrases on his new deal.
Barrett, who was an integral a part of the Bucs’ Tremendous Bowl LV win with one sack and 11 pressures within the recreation, is already a two-time Tremendous Bowl champion. The environment the Bucs had after that championship celebration and the potential for doing it once more was too good for him to cross up.
“After profitable the Tremendous Bowl, that’s what it’s about for me, for certain,” Barrett stated. “I simply love the texture of the environment, most positively of the parade, all the pieces that goes into it, it’s simply a lot enjoyable to have the ability to have a good time with the followers like that and as a household, it was wonderful. We’ve bought all of the makings to do it once more, so we simply bought to place the work in once more and never relaxation and hold being hungry and we’ll be at place on the finish of the yr subsequent yr.”
It wasn’t assured that Barrett could be again, however he assured everybody that Tampa Bay was his most important focus the entire time.
“Initially there was some curiosity from different groups,” Barrett stated. “However as we bought all the way down to the nitty gritty, there wasn’t too many calls coming by, however I used to be all the time centered on being again right here. There was nowhere else I wished to be. I knew the wage cap was going to be an issue, however I used to be joyful we’re in a position to get it finished at a terrific price for us, and a terrific price for them. I’m excited, I’m simply joyful to be again right here, there was no cause that I’d ever wish to go away down right here. We’re doing it proper down right here, we bought a terrific group of men, I’m excited to be right here for an additional 4.”
Whereas it was Lavonte David that bought the ball rolling so far as gamers re-signing right here with a view to hold the band collectively and go for 2, as Bruce Arians proclaimed, it was Barrett who made it loud and clear on the parade that he wished to be again. When requested if that would assist others determine to return, he believed it might.
“I believe it’ll assist for certain as a result of we had a terrific staff,” Barrett stated. “There’s no cause to not wish to try to deliver it again and attempt to do it once more, however do it even higher this time. Jason Licht, he’s a world class GM, I applaud each transfer that he’s made since day one which I’ve been right here. He’s been constructing steadily, now that now we have a championship staff, he’s making an attempt to deliver again one other championship staff once more subsequent yr. Normally groups wins and gamers get let go and stroll as a result of folks will often demand the next wage than groups are prepared to pay, however we made it work.”
The Bucs nonetheless have some huge identify free brokers they wish to re-sign, together with DT Ndamukong Suh, RB Leonard Fournette, Ok Ryan Succop and WR Antonio Brown. Now that Barrett has re-signed, he generally is a recruiter for the Bucs. He had a message for these considering going some other place vs. re-signing with Tampa Bay.
“You all know while you’re in a great spot,” Barrett stated. “And also you simply don’t wish to let that go for something. Reap the benefits of this environment we bought down right here, this camaraderie, the brotherhood. If you may make it work, make it work and are available down right here together with your boy, as a result of we bought one thing particular down right here, for certain.”