The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a heartbreaking loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, but the game featured another ridiculous performance from outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett. The edge rusher sacked Giants quarterback Daniel Jones four times and forced two fumbles.
— Todd Romero (@ToddRomeroTV) September 22, 2019
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) September 22, 2019
Shaq Barrett barely gives us time to breathe before notching another record. Now he has 4.0 in this game, tying the franchise single-game record set by Marcus Jones on Oct. 19, 2000 and then matched by Simeon Rice on Oct. 12, 2003.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) September 22, 2019
This comes after Barrett had three sacks vs Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Week 2, and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. The Colorado State product is quite likely to win this award again for his Week 3 performance.
After three sacks in Bucs’ win at Carolina, OLB Shaq Barrett is the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 18, 2019
Barrett now has EIGHT sacks through three games. Yes, we’re only in Week 3, and Barrett already has eight sacks.
Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett is the first player since Mark Gastineau in 1984 to have eight sacks in the first three games of the season.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) September 23, 2019
The otherworldly pass-rushing statistics are also already reaching incentives in Barrett’s contract with the Bucs. Barrett signed a one-year, $4 million deal with Tampa Bay in the offseason. Well, the contract includes a $250,000 incentive for reaching eight sacks in the season, which Barrett did on Sunday.
Buccaneers LB Shaq Barrett had a $250,000 incentive for reaching 8 sacks this season.
He's earned it before Week 3 is even over.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 22, 2019
And if Barrett gets two more sacks to reach 10 on the season, he’ll get another $250,000.
Shaquil Barrett now has 7.0 sacks in three games. He’s one away from a sweet little $250,000 bonus. He’ll have $250,000 more going his way if he reaches 10.
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) September 22, 2019
While nobody could’ve seen this kind of production coming from Barrett, it’s not a surprise that he’s doing very well as a pass rusher. The 26-year-old always showed flashes while with the Denver Broncos since entering the league in 2014 (though he didn’t play in the 2014 season), but constantly found himself behind Von Miller and company — Bradley Chubb in 2018 as well — on the Denver depth chart.
And, even though Barrett would only be a situational pass rusher again behind Miller and Chubb on the depth chart, the Broncos likely wish they still had him.
Shaq Barrett has eight sacks this season.
The Denver Broncos have zero.
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) September 22, 2019
Barrett obviously won’t keep playing at this level, but with the incredible numbers he’s already put together, he may not have to do too much more to stay in the Defensive Player of the Year mix all season.