Devin White, a first-round draught selection in 2019 and Pro Bowl inside linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has asked to be traded, sources informed ESPN on Tuesday.
One of the sources told ESPN that White has been “fed up” with the squad and has gotten more and more irritated with them. White has become quite dissatisfied with his present circumstances, the insider said, without going into detail about what is to blame for his annoyance.
White’s complaints are related to contract discussions, according to a different source who spoke to ESPN.
White wants to be moved, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, but the Buccaneers do not want to do so since he is about to enter the fifth year of his $11.7 million contract, which the club has already agreed to pick up.
The next stage was for White to sign a new multiyear deal, and it was anticipated that he would be a key player in the defence for many years to come.
The Buccaneers’ march to Super Bowl LV was greatly aided by White, the fifth overall choice in the 2019 NFL Draft, who was also selected to the Pro Bowl in 2021. The signing of linebacker Lavonte David to a one-year deal to keep the duo together for at least one more season was one of the significant moves the Bucs made this summer.
The words “4 year[s] went by fast” and “thank you,” as well as a pirate flag and a peace sign emoji, were among the enigmatic statements White uploaded to his Instagram stories a month ago. He followed it with a picture bearing the caption, “God isn’t asking you to figure things out. He is requesting your confidence in what he already possesses.
White clarified the Instagram images in a subsequent tweet, writing, “Reflecting on how quickly my first four years went by, def a thanks to Bucs fans ‘good & mean ones lol’.” The upside is frightening.
Due in significant part to a $35 million salary cap burden on Tom Brady’s deal, the Bucs were severely constrained by their financial situation and were more than $55 million above the salary ceiling when free agency began in 2023. Several well-known players, including left tackle Donovan Smith, running back Leonard Fournette, tight end Cam Brate, and kicker Ryan Succop, were released off the team as a consequence.
Long-term contracts for numerous players, including wide receiver Chris Godwin, defensive lineman Vita Vea, cornerback Carlton Davis, and centre Ryan Jensen, were reworked by the organisation. Russell Gage, a wide receiver, likewise consented to a compensation reduction. Nevertheless, the Bucs were forced to split ways in free agency with cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting and safety Mike Edwards, both members of White’s rookie class.