Per Scott Reynolds of PewterReport.com, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will pick up fourth-year linebacker Devin White’s fifth-year option for the 2023 season.
The Bucs drafted White with the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He started immediately and has been on the field for an average of 95% of defensive snaps over the course of his career.
White’s snap count means he will earn a little over $11.3 million in 2023, per Over The Cap’s fifth-year option projections. The dollar amount represents a little more than an $800k raise when compared to the initial starting point of $10,547,000 that White would’ve earned if he didn’t meet the playtime escalator.
The former LSU product has been very up-and-down since arriving in Tampa Bay. He has frequently flashed the skillset that made him a top-5 draft pick, but he’s also had his fair share of growing pains. Namely last year. White was an absolute monster during the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl run and the hope was his play would carry over into 2021.
But that didn’t happen. And to make matters worse, Devin White actually took a few steps back in 2021. He led the team in tackles for the second straight season, but the splash plays that offset his mistakes weren’t there. As a matter of fact, White logged goose eggs in both the interception column and the forced fumble column after recording at least one or the another in each of his first two years. He had just 8.0 TFLs and 3.5 sacks in 2021 after notching 15.0 and 9.0, respectively, in 2020.
White made the Pro Bowl in 2021, but as an alternate. The guy has all the talent in the world, so it makes sense as to why the Bucs are keeping him around. However, he’ll be looking for a new team after 2023 if he can’t find a way to become more consistent and improve in pass coverage.
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