TAMPA BAY – Rookie contracts aren’t nearly what they used to be, but players taken with the top overall picks in the draft can still make a nice chunk of change over the first four years of their career.
And if they turn out to be what their respective teams thought they were on draft day, said players stand to receive a substantial bump in pay via their fifth-year option.
Take the case of Buccaneers linebacker Devin White, for example. The Buccaneers picked up White’s fifth-year option Wednesday, locking in the Pro Bowl defender through 2023.
Per Spotrac, White will have made more than $29 million in four years by the end of 2022. That comes out to roughly more than $7.4 million per year.
He stands to make $11,706,000 in 2023, alone.
To be exact, that’s a 57% increase in yearly pay. Per Spotrac, White is set to make the fourth-most amount of cash among inside linebackers in 2023.
It’s always great to see young players get paid. Especially when they mean as much to their team as White does to the Buccaneers.
But now, much like Tom Brady’s favorite Super Bowl ring, White’s looking for his favorite contract of all-time: the next one.
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