Three Bucs named to the Pro Bowl
The Buccaneers are in the middle of their best season since 2016 and three Buccaneers will be recognized for their outstanding seasons and will be representing Tampa Bay at the Pro Bowl in Orlando.
Linebacker Shaq Barrett, wide receiver Mike Evans, and wide receiver Chris Godwin were all named to the Pro Bowl this week.
Linebacker Shaq Barrett who will go down as one of the best free agent signings in the Jason Licht era will be making his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Barrett, signed by the Bucs to a one year contract in the off-season to replace Kwon Alexander has had one of the best seasons as a linebacker in Buccaneer history.
Barrett has tied Warren Sapp as the all-time Buccaneer single season sack leader with 16.5 with two games remaining.
Barrett is fourth on the team with 50 tackles, leads the team with 20 tackles for loss, and leads the team with six forced fumbles.
Barrett was named defensive player of the month for September and won the defensive player of the week award on a couple of occasions this season.
Barrett is having a monster season and should be in the running for defensive player of the year.
Barrett will be a free agent at the end of the season. Speaking with the media on Wednesday, Barrett said he wants to say with the Buccaneers and Bruce Arians said that Barrett is going nowhere.
According to Spotrac, Barrett is in line for a huge pay day and will be paid for around $63 million dollars for a four year contract which averages out to around $16 million per season.
Wide receiver Mike Evans had another huge season that ended with a pulled hamstring in the 38-35 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Evans pulled the hamstring on a 61 yard touchdown pass from Winston and was placed on IR this week.
Evans finishes the season with 67 catches for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite missing three and half games, Evans joins Randy Moss as the only receiver in NFL history with six consecutive 1,000 yard seasons to start his career.
Evans will replace Falcons receiver Julio Jones. This will be Evans second Pro Bowl of his career.
Receiver Chris Godwin will be joining his fellow receiver in Orlando as he will be playing in his first Pro Bowl.
Godwin the third year receiver out of Penn State had a breakout season in 2019 catching 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.
Godwin suffered a hamstring injury in the win over the Lions on Sunday and could miss the last two games of the season.
For much of the season, Godwin and Evans were the top receiving duo in the league and created a lot of matchup problems for opposing defenses.
Godwin was leading the league in touchdown catches at the time of his injury, and it is not certain if Godwin or Evans will be able to play in the Pro Bowl.
The Pro Bowl will be played on January 26, 2020 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.