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Tampa Bay Buccaneers use franchise tag on LB Shaq Barrett, sources say

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Posted at 8:35 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 08:35:22-04

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have elected to use the franchise tag on linebacker Shaq Barrett, ESPN reports.

A franchise tag is a one-year deal that prevents a player from becoming a free agent.

This allows the Bucs to hang onto Barrett without giving him a long-term deal.

The salary amount is set by averaging the top five salaries at that player's position for the previous year, or 120% of a player's previous salary.

Barrett led the NFL in sacks last year with 19.5, and made

Last year he signed a one year deal for $5 million.

Free agency in the NFL ramps up this week.