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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, the team announced today.

In 70 games, all starts, with the Buccaneers, Barrett totaled 249 tackles, 45 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. His 45 sacks rank fifth and his 15 forced fumbles rank fourth in franchise history. In 2019, Barrett set a Tampa Bay single-season record with 19.5 sacks, which led the NFL and was the most recorded by an undrafted player in NFL history.

"Shaq's contributions to the Buccaneers both on and off the field these past five seasons have been extraordinary and he will be missed by many in and around the organization," said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. "His leadership, work ethic, and dedication to the game have been unmatched and the courage he displayed last season was truly inspirational. We are grateful for Shaq's time here in Tampa and will always have a special place in our hearts for the Barrett family."

The two-time Pro Bowl selection spent the last five seasons with the Buccaneers after beginning his career with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Barrett was part of a Super Bowl-winning team with each club.

"We are extremely thankful for everything Shaq brought to our organization over the last five years," said Buccaneers Head Coach Todd Bowles. "He was an impactful player and a tremendous person, who was a key part of the successes we have had here. These are always difficult decisions, but this one was that much harder due to the special feelings we have for Shaq, Jordanna and the Barrett family. I wish them the best as they move forward."


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