Probably my favorite story of the 2019 season is Shaquil Barrett. In the midst of his prime, after an underwhelming first five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Barrett takes a one year prove-it deal with the Buccaneers. One season,19.5 sacks, and 37 quarterback hits later he is up for a big pay-day.
Currently playing on a franchise tag worth around 15.8 million dollars, according to Spotrac, he should be rejoicing Myles Garrett’s extension. Barrett believes himself to be one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL, and it’s hard to argue that right now, considering he almost hit 20 sacks last season. He’s currently in a huge win-win situation. He gets to make bank playing on a franchise tag this season, then hit the open market in 2021.
This puts Tampa Bay in a tough spot. They either pay him what he believes he’s worth in an extension, or he gets franchise tagged again in 2022, where his pay should go up even more on the franchise tag, depending on if the league sees him as an edge rusher or a linebacker.
All franchise tag players who are edge rushers are going to see a nice pay bump if they get tagged in 2021 because of Myles Garrett. It seems as if the Bucs and Barrett have been talking about an extension for some time now, and one has not yet been made. He’s the most likely of any player on this list to get franchise tagged in 2021, so Myles’ contract should give him a nice pay raise.