The Buccaneers pulled off something this offseason nobody thought was possible by keeping all 22 starters from their championship team. At the top of that list is OLB Shaq Barrett and his new four-year $72 million dollar contract.
Tuesday Barrett was on GMFB and stated he never listened to offers from other teams and never considered leaving the Buccaneers.
“It might’ve been true [that I was offered more money elsewhere], but I didn’t listen to anybody else. I didn’t hear no other offers, I wanted to make it work down here in Tampa. We’ve got something special going down here, man. And I don’t want to let greed be the reason why I don’t take advantage of this opportunity down here. We’re starting to love Tampa. We love the fan support. And I’m just ready to keep building.
“I love my coaches. I love the organization, everything is like a match made in heaven down here, man. And I won’t let trying to get a little more money change that.”
Barrett, is the Buccaneers single season sack record holder, but he’s not planning on resting on his laurels.
“Me personally, I’m trying to do something that’s never been done as a defensive player, I want to win MVP, I want to win Defensive Player of the Year. Like, I’m hungry for everything. Every accolade, every award, individually and as a team. I’m expecting real big things from myself this year.”
After hearing Barrett’s comments and seeing his performance on the field, I’d say he’s worth every penny of that $72 million dollar contract.
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