Shaq Barrett Says Bucs Delivered The Best Offer

March 16th, 2021

Bucs sacks king Shaq Barrett will be gobbling up $36 million of Team Glazer loot over the next two seasons (hallelujah!) and he was talking about that today.

Joe took notes.

*”It was pretty much Tampa, Tampa and Tampa,” Shaq told The Dan Patrick Show (SiriusXM Channel 211) when asked what team it came down to in free agency this week. … “Tampa was my Plan A and I’m happy I didn’t have to get to Plan B. I did not get another offer that was better than Tampa.”

*Shaq said he’s going to stop renting and is house-hunting today in the Bay area, though it sounds like Shaq doesn’t plan to make the Bay area permanent. He said “my home-home [is] in Colorado.”

*A Tesla Roadster is also on his shopping list. For those wondering, that’s at least a $225,000 price tag new.

*Asked if he was as drunk as Tom Brady at the Bucs’ Super Bowl celebration, Shaq said he wasn’t even close. “I wasn’t sippin’ no avocado tequila.”

*Shaq is a hardcore Dallas Mavericks fans and says his all-time NBA starting 5 is Steve Nash, Allen Iverson, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Nikola Jokić. Shaq is a such a big Mavericks fan that he found a way to shoot hoops twice at the Mavericks’ facility.

*Up next is a trip to Legoland and then his wife is having a daughter in April. When asked, Shaq said he would not consider naming a child after Tom Brady under any circumstances.

Enjoy today’s Ira Kaufman Podcast, presented by Bill Currie Ford.

43 Responses to “Shaq Barrett Says Bucs Delivered The Best Offer”

  1. Robert Says:

    Nice taste in cars. sounds like oily drew earned his money.


  2. Jerry Says:

    So it wasn’t a “home team discount.” Bucs simply offered more than anyone else.

  3. Snook Says:

    Wait… so that means all of the media that said he’d command $20-25M were wrong? Say it ain’t so!!!

  4. TampaTown Says:

    Glad to have you back Shaq and your whole family! Who knows one day we might be home-home.

  5. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Sanity rules the day in the J Licht office. Shaq is a good guy and one of the best players in the NFL period. GO BUCS!!!!

  6. Bird Says:

    You all are taking that from what he may have meant

    Offer being
    -team chemistry
    – chase rings

    He is only locked in technically to 2 years and 36 mil. He will be 30 in two years
    Several others almost got same deal for almost same loot And they are not shaq or coming off major injury. Great deal

    And brady in for two years too

  7. Beeej Says:

    “When asked, Shaq said he would not consider naming a child after Tom Brady under any circumstances.”


  8. Bird Says:


    And technically didnt he sign before or around noon at start of legal tampering period anyway?

    Every good agent knows what offers are coming well before the tampering window opens. –Joe

  9. Coburn Says:

    Wait.. didn’t he sign like right at the start of legal tampering? Or so I remember it wrong? Were other teams illegally tampering then? For him to say they offered best deal. If my memory is right they would have agreed before tampering even opened and announced it shortly after

  10. David Says:

    They need Suh (or Nacho). Can’t go with a rookie. Plus ghost on is signed through next year.

    I would imagine they draft do you line and linebacker in the top 4 picks. They’ll have to replace Gholston and Suh and their contracts soon

  11. geno711 Says:

    Saw Shaq on NFL network.
    Said that he has a lot more to improve.
    He wants to dominate even more and is not satisfied.
    Wants to leave a bigger legacy with the Bucs.

    He talks about how much he trusts the other guys on the defense to be in the right place.

  12. Bird Says:


    I said same thing. Sorry it could be a while before it goes thru moderation
    Im on joes 💩 list

  13. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    He just turned 28. Played sparingly his first 4yrs. He’s got a full gas tank still

  14. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    I’m thrilled for Shaq and his family.
    Money/contract earned!

    Go Bucs!!!

  15. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    “I didn’t have to get to Plan B. I did not get another offer that was better than Tampa.”
    ..interesting, NO OTHER OFFER, so was not a “steal”, like many here want to portrait the deal.. maybe he did “broke the bank” after all…
    I’m 100% convicted we over pay for that position, considering the situation $$$ Bucs are in 2021-2022

  16. August 1976 Buc Says:

    The Bucs know Shaq Barrets value to the Bucs better than any other team. Sanity prevails. Sign Suh and Keep the dominant defensive front 7 together. GO BUCS!!!!

  17. SlyPirate Says:

    This is a good thing. FAs know if they come to Tampa and perform they will:
    1. Earn a big contract
    2. Tampa will be first in line

    This just makes the Bucs a more attractive destination for this year’s crop.

  18. Mike Says:

    Bucs did right by Shaq and we expect him to continue to play at a dominant level for years to come.

  19. Old School Nole Says:

    I hate it when I buy a pair of shoes and then find out I could have paid less if I knew where to shop.

  20. Adrnagy Says:

    Like I said. Licht got bend over on this … licht competing with himself.
    We could of got shaq for $13m-$15m. Overpaid by $3-4m. Yr

  21. August 1976 Buc Says:

    lol pinching pennies does not win Super Bowls. GO BUCS!!!

  22. BucFanSince1998 Says:

    Licht knows what Shaq is to this team and that’s what he paid for. Plan and simple. Next time if he has played at same level, he can break the bank.

  23. BucFanSince1998 Says:

    Correction……Plain and Simple

  24. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    Shaq is better than Simeon Rice. Faster & more agile

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:
    March 16th, 2021 at 2:29 pm
    Shaq is better than Simeon Rice.


    They played different positions – Rice was a 4-3 end, Shaq is a stand up edge rusher. Also Shaq himself has said many times he’s not anything special in terms of being an athlete – Rice however was. Shaq is great, but there’s no way in the world I’m putting money on Shaq in a comparison with Rice.

  26. bucfanforever Says:

    We could have traded all our players for 6th and 7th round picks and had 51 players at the salary cap minimum, and then saved all that cap space for next year, picked first in next’s years draft and never win a game.

  27. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Big Sim should already be in the HOF. Sapp has said this many times. Simeon Rice caused the Buc defense to go to another level. They gave up less than 200 points in 2002 seaon. That is historically good. I agree with you Rod about Rice. And I agree Shaq is still awesome none the less, but has along way to go to reach what Simeon accomplished. Politics is the only reason Simeon is not already in the HOF. GO BUCS!!!!

  28. Adrnagy Says:

    Again , ppl in here talking football without knowing. It’s one thing to give your opinion. Another is to disrespect previous players and the game.

    Simeon rice was better. Way better. 4-3. No blitz.

  29. Adrnagy Says:

    Suh about to sign. Back again. Yes. Yes.

  30. Rod Munch Says:

    The Raiders fans are going nuts because Gruden just cut their starting all-pro center, no idea why – looking at his cap number the Raiders take a big hit for doing so.

    I’m going to guess he brings in some lackey from the past, that’s the only thing that makes sense. Reminds me of all the terrible personnel moves that Gruden made here. He’s such a d-bag.

    Anywho, if their center they cut is that good, the Bucs should sign him and cut Jensen. Then at least we won’t have that one snap a game that goes over Brady’s head. Jensen likely cost us 4 points in the SB with that crap.

  31. Rod Munch Says:

    So Gruden has gotten rid of 4 of his 5 starting offensive lineman – haha! But hey, at least Mariota is there as a backup QB being the 2nd highest cap hit on the team. Got to collect those QBs. Maybe he can trade for Jake Plummer again.

    Man does this bring back memories of when he was destroying what should have been the Bucs window. Thank God that the Bucs are actually taking advantage of their window this time instead of letting star players walk to sign injured RBs and offensive lineman.

  32. Jerry Says:

    It’s your typical annual Gruden head-scratching move. I like him as a coach. But I would never put him in charge of personnel.

  33. Reddington Neck Shores Says:

    Joy for me this fall: the pass rusher who leads the league in plays that lead to turnovers for years going against America’s turnover machine. For too many years it’s been me screaming “doh!” But not anymore!!!! The Aints are not improving their position with hill and Winston that’s for sure. Go Bucs!

  34. Buc4evr Says:

    Chris Thomas, As soon as Shaq goes over 122 sacks he is better than Sim, but now he isn’t even close. Sim should be in the HOF. Sim had a lot better moves than Shaq.

  35. Cainishere Says:

    Rice>Shaq You kidding? They played a different position of course but travelled the same route. Not knocking Shaq because he has prospered well in our scheme under Todd Bowls and company but Rice was in a league of his own. Gosh he was awesome.

  36. geno711 Says:

    Shaq worth every penny.
    We need them all. Shaq, JPP, Vea, Suh, David, White, SMB, Dean, Davis, Whitehead, Winfield, Gholston, Edwards.

    Keep the core of the defense together.

  37. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    “Keep the core off D together”.. hmm I guess you all forgot that this D until after a game or two of bye week, was giving us heart attack every game.. was exactly this “core”, until the kids took over…
    Points allow : 355; Average (22.2/g) 8th of NFL. Not very glamours…
    just to put things in order: we did not win because of D, period.
    waren sapp years ago, when they won the SB, was asking the offense to score 15-17 points, and the D will guaranty the W. That was a SB winning D, not the one we have.
    We won cause TB12 and the gang, scored: 492 point; Average (30.8/g) 3rd of NFL.
    Way more that Sapp asked for.
    Thats why you keep the “core” offense first …..

  38. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Can you blame Shaq’s wife for not naming the baby after Tom Brady… would be:

    Park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, Bucs Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady,

    Poor kid…..

  39. DaBux Says:

    Think about this, it isn’t hard. He could have gotten a $20 million per year plus contract but in a high tax state. Which is better? It’s a no brainer, a contract with Tampa where he can make some coin and retire a legend if he stays at this level of play (or higher).

  40. firethecannons Says:

    Bucs ball gives Shaq opportunity to do it again, he knows exactly what to expect with DC Todd Bowles and and the rest of his teammates. He knows that he will have opportunity to effectively hunt. Other teams likely not so much–his brand of football might not work somewhere else. Happy players making better money in Florida–this is a good thing.

  41. geno711 Says:

    crazyBucs_CL Says:
    March 16th, 2021 at 4:44 pm
    “Keep the core off D together”.. hmm I guess you all forgot that this D until after a game or two of bye week, was giving us heart attack every game.. was exactly this “core”, until the kids took over…
    Points allow : 355; Average (22.2/g) 8th of NFL. Not very glamours…
    just to put things in order: we did not win because of D, period.

    I disagree with you.
    The Bucs got better in the last two seasons because we started winning both lines of scrimmage more. Watch the games. Some kids helped us there. Wirfs for sure. David is great so if you want to include him in our line of scrimmage battle – so be it.

    But if we are 8th best in scoring defense and we lose starters on defense of Lavonte David, Shaq Barrett, and N Suh do you think we were going to be 8th in scoring defense again next year. Just short sighted.

    We have a more compete team by keeping the core of the defense. That is why I said keep the core of the defense. I was on this offense bandwagon with Brady from the beginning. When Brady threw a ball away in the 2nd quarter on 3rd and three and we were down 10 points to Green Bay in the regular season, I was not panicking. I was happy. Brady said any drive ending in a kick was a good drive. We kicked and on the next drive, Shaq creates pressure on Rodgers without Vita Vea and created a pick six. The very next drive, Shaq again gets pressure and Edwards intercepts the ball and runs it to the Green Bay 2 yard line.

    By the way, maybe this defense was giving you heart attacks every week. It was not for me. I guess I had faith in the team all year and from the end of the previous year by reading the line of scrimmage play. The only time our team was not winning the line of scrimmage was in the New Orleans games and that is why New Orleans still worries me.

  42. Chris Karter Says:

    Tampa offered the best deal because he didn’t receive one from anybody else lol. They locked him in early.

  43. BillMFL Says:

    If he plays all year like he did at Super Bowl he is worth the big bucs. Suh is probably playing it cool hoping to squeeze a few dollars more. Don’t think he will pass up going for SB 2 with all the pieces complete.