Not Fun To Be Shaq Now

June 30th, 2020

Breathing easier today

This has not exactly been a fun summer for NFL sack king Shaq Barrett.

First, the Bucs outside linebacker is in the midst of a contract negotiation. In two weeks, unless Shaq and the Bucs can agree on a long-term contract, Shaq can only sign the franchise tag, which is only good for one season.

And Shaq admitted he’s skittish about returning to Tampa from his home in the Denver area. With “The Sickness” raging in the Sunshine State, Shaq confessed on national radio yesterday he is not looking forward to training camp locally because of the bad COVID rebound.

Things are not going so well for Shaq in Colorado, either. He and his wife built what Shaq calls his “dream home.” And he and his family had to evacuate because of a wildfire that, at the time of his evacuation Monday, was only 60 percent contained.

The fire burned through Douglas County, Colorado, and chased Shaq and his family. KCNC-TV Channel 4 sports anchor Michael Spencer in Denver caught up with Shaq as he fled the flames.

The good news for Shaq is that since that video first posted, the fire area that drove out Shaq and his family has been 100 percent contained.

Now Shaq just needs a little Team Glazer loot so he can get a second dream home down here. Hey, waterfront property on Treasure Island or Davis Islands would do the trick.

23 Responses to “Not Fun To Be Shaq Now”

  1. Crack3rK Says:

    A place in St. Jetersburg on Tompa Bay would be perfect!

  2. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    Sign the tag 15 mill is no small change. Ball out and leave Bucs classic

  3. diggler Says:

    bahahahahaha BURN!!!!

  4. ZZbuc Says:

    Sign the tag, 15mm is not pocket money….show that it was not just one year and you will see the money in Tampa or somewhere else.
    I am not a Licht fan, but I agree to wait on this situation, makes a lot of sense….
    And I don´t like people who push for things via media….You know where to talk… Don´t overexpose yourself….ou seem to be a great guy…Don´t blow it!!!

  5. Chesapeake Bucco Says:

    I agree ZZ!

  6. idiaznet Says:

    Shaq’s agent really needs to step in. Now is really not the time to play money games in the media with so many people who lost their jobs with COVID and you are bitching about a mansion and more???

    Really not a good look. Just needs to keep this out of the media. I am not faulting him for wanting more in the least bit. Just not in the media right now. Fight behind the scenes with management. It is a much better look for the player. You will come out smelling like a rose if you do it that way.

  7. Lamarcus Says:

    This time I agree with Barrett. I had Covid and its scary. Every person should be very cautious

  8. Bradinator Says:

    It is HOT and DRY here in Denver! Humidity here yesterday was a whopping 13 percent. They got lucky and the wind died down, first time in weeks. Sign the tag, and move Shaq! He could get a super dream home in Tampa compared to the ridiculous prices here in Denver. Lose that stunning “privilege to live in Colorado, state income tax” too. Love it here, but it’s expensive. Bucs need to get a deal done for the man.

  9. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Idiaznet, not directed at you, but people need to start getting over the fact that life isn’t fair and equal for everyone. If anyone doesn’t like shaq on tv talking about mansions, they can suit up and go tryout, spend years in a back up role and then when they get a one chance season to prove everything you’ve worked for, produce 19.5 sacks. The man worked for his. The Brady flaunting story as well. If someone different like what they see your free to say oh what an a hole and move on. I mean your right it is ironic he says this wearing a humble shirt, but it is what it is. Inequity does not equal inequality.

  10. Craig Says:

    To me, Shaq has done all of the right things. The more he talks, the more I like him.

    He stated at the beginning of this off-season that he wanted to stay here and would rather have a contract than the tag. He is still hoping for that, but said he will sign the tag if that is what is necessary.

    He is looking for a home in the NFL and a contract will be affirmation for him. He might even be looking for an excuse to move his family here. A contract will do that.

    He seems sensible enough to not blow all of his money or unsettle his family for the tag. You can see the sense by all of the moves he studied and how he applied them to be NFL sack King.

    Welcome him back, because he will get at least ten more sacks this season and be in rarefied air for a Buc.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I wish we still had Nassib. He was great depth.

  12. El Buco Realisto Says:

    @Buc Bonzai

    He wanted to stay too!!!!!!! But there was no money from having the cap so mismanaged, same reason Perriman could not stay, who wanted to stay as well!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. SlyPirate541 Says:

    Shaq is such a great Bucs success story. I’m looking for Shaq crushing it in 2020!

  14. teacherman777 Says:

    15 million?

    7.5 goes straight to Uncle Sam.

    7.5 left. 10% to an agent?

    6.75 left. Property taxes? Debts?

    He deserves long term cash.

    GMC never had his foot on the gas. He was juking to avoid guards.

    GMC “in the backfield, misses the tackle.”

  15. mark2001 Says:

    Lamarcus… so good to hear you made it through. So many in total denial. Would be interested to hear more of your experience with this, and why Barrett might be so concerned. Maybe some will start to deal with the reality of it.

  16. Admiral Redbeard Says:

    His “prove it year” was last year, and he did it with 19.5 sacks. Team Glazer and Licht need to get their collective act together, and get this man a long term deal. If they don’t, I will hate it, but won’t blame him one bit for leaving after next season.

  17. mark2001 Says:

    Teacherman…highest Tax Marginal bracket on earned income is 37%. That 50% rate was only in place during my HS years to 1986, and reduced because the really wealthy were paying too much.

  18. mark2001 Says:

    And that agent expense is likely a tax deductible business expense.

  19. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Nassib was okay. If you think he’s worth $8.4 million a year, like he got with the Raiders, your salary cap would look A LOT worse than Licht’s, IMHO.

  20. Sport Says:

    It’s not news yet. It’s shrewd to use the time remaining to negotiate. He will sign the tag. It’s not a good year to resign players long term unless it’s an extreme circumstance. The unknowns are too great to sign long terms for either party.

    In BA I Trust!

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    @teacherman777: The top marginal tax rate is 37%, and NFL-approved agents are capped at 3% of the player’s salary.

    Your figures are waaaaay off.

  22. ClodHopper Says:

    Sure hope his house stays safe. Hate seeing these things happen to young families. He’s worked too hard and come too far for this crap to happen to him. Good luck!

  23. gp Says:

    He also has to pay Colorado 4.63% as well, until we give him a reason (contract) to move his family down here.