12 April, 2023
Linebacker Devin White of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has expressed interest in transferring to another team.
According to NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero on Tuesday, White recently sought a trade. According to Pelissero, the Bucs have no plans to deal the linebacker.
Jenna Laine of ESPN was the first to break the story.
White, the 2019 fifth overall pick, is finishing out his rookie contract’s final year by exercising the fifth-year option, which pays him a guaranteed $11.706 million.
White has made 483 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 15 passes defended, and 1 interception in 4 seasons with Tampa Bay. Even though he missed 16 tackles and allowed a career-high 120.5 passing rating for the Bucs last season, he was named to the Pro Bowl.
The market for off-ball linebackers in free agency this summer was not terrific, especially in light of Tremaine Edmunds’ four-year, $72 million deal with the Bears. At this point, there is little need for Tampa to switch their starting linebacker. The Bucs would be worse off defensively if they parted ways with the 25-year-old instead of Lavonte David, who just re-signed with the team for another year despite being 33 years old.