Contract Clock Ticking On Devin White

July 19th, 2019

The anointed savior of the Bucs defense, rookie linebacker Devin White, has not signed his first NFL rookie contract.

And if he doesn’t sign it soon, he will miss valuable practice time and learning time.

White and all Bucs rookies are set to report to work on Sunday. The No. 5 overall pick is one of five unsigned rookies and, unfortunately, guys inking deals after camp starts has become a returning trend in the NFL. noted New York Jets rookies report today and Quinnen Williams is unlikely to be there, as he also hasn’t gotten a contract done.

Agents for rookies aren’t usually haggling over cash; that’s set by the labor agreement. They’re nitpicking over contract language, usually “offset” terms. Essentially, “offset” is how much the team must pay when they cut a player before the end of his deal and if he’s picked up by another team.

Joe won’t cry if White reports a week late, but it’s a little unsettling for a team that’s counting on him so much — and a team that absolutely must win on opening day.

58 Responses to “Contract Clock Ticking On Devin White”

  1. Magadude Says:

    The Bucs don’t need this failure (to get him to sign and report on time) on their head.

  2. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I share the anxiety but it is what it is. Agents not only are looking for more money for themselves/players they have reputations at stake. They want to be seen like the next Oily Drew Rosenhaus.

    I believe White is uncomfortable waiting on this. However while he has the final say he will be PRESSURED heavily by agents and other players not to cave.

    The pressure will shift onto White’s agent after Bosa and Williams sign and help set the bar on this year’s deals.

  3. RawDog Says:

    He will sign.

    Opening day is a game this team should win, not “absolutely must win” week 1.

  4. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    How is this even news????

    This has now become SOP (standard Operating Procedure) for top rookies drafted.

    IT’S ALL ABOUT DA BENJAMINS BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ………..where’s the notorious BIG at?!?!?!?!?

  5. BucEmUp Says:

    Raw dog, in a sport with only 16 games, every week is a must win. Or at least it should be.

  6. Ndog Says:

    Tyreek Hill not being suspended or fined at all! Are you kidding me they have him on a recording threatening someone! Yeah tell me the NFL doesn’t have a bias against/for teams. Plus this guy has an actual legal history as he pleaded guilty to domestic abuse by strangulation, stemming from an incident in 2014 when he punched his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach and choked her. He received three years of probation, technically a deferred sentence. So he has a legal history and is on a recorded line threatening someone yet nothing. Yet they suspend Jameis off of nothing more than a claim that cannot be proven and he has not been charged with anything. Regardless if you like Jameis or not this is extremely fishy. Couple this with the schedule and well we get screwed over and over again.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    If Devin White plays as well as most of us expect that he will, then 4-5 years down the line ‘The Benjamins’ will be a big deal. But right now there’s no excuse for all of our rookies not being signed. Rookie holdouts like what the Chargers experienced with Bosa are inexcusable. Get it done Jason … as in ‘yesterday’.

  8. K2 Says:

    They will get a deal done…no problem. However, I think he will play ok this year and don’t understand why a rookie is expected to save the team.

  9. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:


    Joe thinks he must be Ray Lewis from day 1 since the Bucs did not draft who he wanted. Kind of like a child crying non stop about not getting what they wanted

    But remember if Joe got his way the Bucs would’ve drafted Manziel over Evans…

  10. Magadude Says:

    My take. Hill’s situation is different than Winston’s. With Hill, I read that law enforcement couldn’t figure out what really happened, so it’s hard for Goodell/NFL to go and find something.

    Winston was not charged with a crime so the criminal justice system was never a player. The NFL (employer) found Winston did what was alleged and used the player conduct rules to deal discipline.

    So there is the law, and the player conduct policy. Don’t mix the two.

    Law enforcement investigations are going to be much more effective in most cases than employers (the NFL) in investigating if there is something to be found. So if the NFL finds something…good chance the criminal justice system would find at least that. Not saying they would or wouldn’t in Winston’s case…but that’s not Hill’s case.

    So the ending in both cases is possibly good for everyone.

    I don’t see it about the teams getting treated differently, though the thought always crosses my mind anytime the Bucs are involved, especially the schedule.

  11. RawDog Says:

    I agree BucEmUp. The way the article was written makes it seem like they’d be eliminated from playoffs if they lost tho, haha.

  12. Magadude Says:

    @Loyal, if I remember correctly, Evans was out there a full year before Manziel. but yes, Evans made Manziel for sure…who turned out to be a big bust/nobody. The Browns grabbed him, went into a tailspin partly over that, and seem to have recovered some years later. But here we are still trying to dig out…White’s shoould work great…if theycan freakin’ sign him.

  13. macabee Says:

    The Jets rookies report today and No. 3 overall pick DL Quinnen Williams is still unsigned. This is typical of 1st round players signed with CAA. CAA plays hardball and often holds out for guaranteed money, size of signing bonus or the presence of offset language. Not to worry, Devin White will be signed soon!

  14. BA FAN Says:

    White was too much of a mercenary talking before the draft how many millions he projects he will get when he is at last a free agent. If he misses valuable training practicing in pads because of putting his ego above the team he will not produce to his top ceiling and hurt his contract worth down his career. Besides he will have to sit and watch Bucannon, who knows the Defense inside and out, take his place in his spot during training camp and excel better than he will look trying to get on the field and start without full development and unable to play downhill at his top speed. White needs to tell his agent to get his contract wrapped up before Sunday. Cichy is quite a talent at MLB as well and with more training than White may push him for playing time as well.

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    it is what it is…..

    GO BUCS!!!!

  16. D-Rome Says:

    6-10 this year.

    It’s premature to anoint him a savior. I’ll be happy if he starts all 16 games and makes it through the season without an injury or suspension.

  17. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Think bucs need all the rookies in camp on time since the defense is counting on them so much this yesr

  18. DooshLaRue Says:


    This must be very hard on you.
    I mean you don’t get to use the race card this time to defend your hero.
    Tyreek is the same color as Jameis.

  19. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Jameis grabbed someone and was probably on double secret probation with nfl. NFL talked to uber driver, then showed trxts… jameis guilty in nfl eyes

  20. DooshLaRue Says:

    I guess Goodell just hates Jamies for being an idiot.

  21. Jmarkbuc Says:

    The salaries are all slotted, the sticking point has to be the offset language. The money is what it is.

    Or maybe he wants a clause that prevents Joe from calling him “the anointed savior” before he’s played a down.

  22. DBS Says:

    So we turn White not signing his contract into talk about poor Jameis and to tough a schedule?

  23. Mkt Says:

    OR…… deal is done and he will sign and pose for the pictures on Sunday when rookies report.

  24. The Buc Realist Says:

    ndog says: “and he has not been charged with anything.”

    That is because jw3 has had a team of lawyers do two settlements!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Instead of all the fixing of jw3 would it not just be easier to pay less and draft a rookie QB????? Maybe even a dumb team will over pay for jw3 and the bucs could get a 5th or even a 4th round compensatory pick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:


    Manziel and Evans were drafted the same year

    Joe was all about drafting Johnny Drunk

    Which any smart nfl scout would’ve told you he was destined to be a bust

  26. Ndog Says:

    Yeah I never use the race card tough guy but that’s ok keep making things up, cause that’s all you got

  27. Don_RyJo(e) Says:

    I think it kind of makes sense that the Bucs, a team in salary cap hell, is playing hardball to minimize their financial liability should they, for whatever reason, cut Devin White. The Bucs have very little wiggle room moving forward; of course they’re looking for ways to avoid dead money.

  28. Magadude Says:

    @Loyal….thanks for setting me straight on the draft years.

  29. CHRIS Says:

    Whites agent is just waiting on the 6th pick Daniel Jones to sign to set the bar in “offset” language he cant end up getting a worse contact then the guy picked right after him. same with Bosa and Williams once one of these guys sign the dominos will start to fall.

  30. Couch Fan Says:

    We havent had a rookie hold out in a longgggg time. I dont think we will this year either. He’ll probably end up signing at the last minute and report on time.

  31. Snook Says:

    Ugh. More “counting on him” crap. What team drafts a player at #5 and doesn’t expect to count on him?

  32. D-Rome Says:

    Yeah I never use the race card tough guy but that’s ok keep making things up, cause that’s all you got

    Can confirm. There are a few others around here who have but ndog is not one of them.

  33. diggler Says:

    Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:
    July 19th, 2019 at 10:30 am

    But remember if Joe got his way the Bucs would’ve drafted Manziel over Evans…

    ^^^I’ll never let the Joe/s live that one down hahaha

    They posted a bunch of pro Manziel stuff before that draft and then a few cons so they can point back to them and plead they aren’t biased. However, I give them total props for backing Winston the whole way. Totally did a Ride or Die with Winston unfortunately they grabbed a few crotches along the way hahahaha

  34. Magadude Says:

    @D-rome…I agree…Ndog is a guy who has called folks idiots, and clueless…in actually a funny way. But I’ve never seen him pull the race card out. In general, he’s a funny guy.

    Ndog loves those stats though…which would be more fun to talk about with a better W-L record.

  35. BigHog Says:

    D-Rome: I will use it if need be unapologetically! It’s just to let the racist know…when we see you or you show yourself…here’s your card! GO BUCS GO SUHY GO FAMOUS !!!!

  36. tmaxcon Says:

    Or maybe he wants a clause that prevents Joe from calling him “the anointed savior” before he’s played a down.

    he probably wants a clause to let him escape the nfl’s black hole Tampa bay buccaneers when BA bails before the first season is even complete… it’s a buclife… nutpunches are coming

  37. DooshLaRue Says:


    Sorry if it’s not you who uses the race card in defense of Winston.

    It must be one of the other JW Worshipers.

    My bad.

  38. tmaxcon Says:

    race card and the words racists and bigot have ZERO meaning nor credibility anymore. the way the libtards and communists throw those once powerful words around they have rendered both bigot and racists no more meaningful than the most over used and meaningless word in the history of mankind = SORRY

  39. Magadude Says:

    That honorable DooshLaRue…and yes, it’s others.

  40. BigHog Says:

    You will only hear the words useless and meaningless from a racist …Can’t be fooled!! Other with pride!

  41. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    You are right TPax, I’m sorry you are here. The sorry doesn’t really have much weight.

  42. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This could be a “hassle” over riding horses…..

  43. Magadude Says:

    @Tmaxcon…good point…but that’s why when we see that BS used without merit you should call it out. That way, the REAL stuff DOES matter.

  44. Swamp Buc Says:

    hahahahaha oh my it just gets better hahahaha
    it’s over used hahaha so funny
    max is too unique to ever imagine saying sorry hahahaha I love it

    good for you max hahahaha

  45. El Buco Realisto Says:

    That’s right!!!!!!! And it should be called out!!!!! Like that one time when Tampabaybucfan was doing his “Pablo” impression, and told this joke!!!!!!!

    “What is Pablo’s favorite sport”?????


    I told him that it was not right!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    The only one calling on him to save the team is cry baby joe who didn’t get his guy what a joke! It’s like calling Winston a pro bowler….

  47. Cobraboy Says:

    No worries. This happens every year.

  48. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    El Buco Realisto Says:
    July 19th, 2019 at 5:26 pm
    That’s right!!!!!!! And it should be called out!!!!! Like that one time when Tampabaybucfan was doing his “Pablo” impression, and told this joke!!!!!!!

    “What is Pablo’s favorite sport”?????


    I told him that it was not right!!!

    I challenge you to find and produce that post….because it never happened.

    Pablo’s favorite sport it table dancing…..

  49. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo is a proud American Citizen……Pablo was born in America, salutes the flag and stands with his sombrero off for the American flag (sarcasm)….
    Pablo is not a racist….but Pablo does have an elongated arc….just like Haboo”
    Pablo likes tacos, enchiladas, chimichangas, Jose Quervo and chalupas…..just like many of Pablo’s JBF hombres”

  50. Alanbucsfan Says:

    So according to the NFL’s personal conduct policy, grabbing a woman’s crotch while you are drunk is worse than traumatizing a child and threatening the child’s mother.
    I give you…lawyers.

  51. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    This is a non story at this point. Training Camp starts? Then it is a story.

    It is not unusual for contract talks to run a little long for rookies. There has been no word of a holdout, so I’m not one bit worried.

  52. DanBucsfan Says:

    From everything I’ve seen and heard from White, I’ll be SHOCKED if he is not in uniform day 1 of camp. I believe he is the type of guy who would play for free if he had to. Now on the flip side, that don’t mean the young man will want to be paid after his rookie deal expires. But my $ says he will sign by Saturday afternoon and ready to rock and roll come Sunday. GO BUCS !!!

  53. El Buco Realisto Says:

    And what was that other horrible joke that Tampabaybucfan/pablo had????? Oh yea, here it goes!!!!!

    Why is pablo not on star trek??????

    Because pablo is not working in the future either!!!!!!!!!!!

    That’s not right TBBF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. Echase Says:

    Iam sure our great GM will screw it up somehow. Trade him for a DB.

  55. Oneilbucs Says:

    Why do yall love to say race card?? Let’s not pretend that Jamies skin color is not a real reason why some or a lot of white fans hate him . Some of yall say race card cause that’s the way and now the new way to sweep it under the rug. I’m not blinded by the hold race card words like if people use race for every thing cause I don’t. I just call it like I see it. When I here that Andrew Luck can throw 4 interceptions in 1 td and it’s never his fault. Or when the national media say that Wentz need a running game cause the best friend to a quarterback is a running game. Or how come Philip Rivers who never played in a super bowl and the national media never say it’s time to move on from him. But McNabb went to 5 championship and 1 super bowl and they ran him out of town cause he didn’t win a super bowl. Or why Wilson super bowl ring is not cause of him but the defense and running back witch it takes a team to win any game but Big Ben had a good running back and a great defense but they never talk about his team or Brady teams it’s all about them. Now you tell me the difference between every thing I just said. One is white and the other is black.

  56. Slugglife Says:

    You probably won’t see a reply as this story is from yesterday. But I’ll bite.

    Fans don’t really GAF what a players race is. But for good measure, let’s talk Tebow. Did you stand up for him through all the vicious attacks on him because he was outwardly religious? He never really had a chance, but black players thank God all the time. Are they attacked? I’d guess he was singled out due to his race, but that’s my opinion. His abilities as a QB can be debated later if you like.

    The current climate has overly used the word racist to describe anyone who doesn’t agree with liberals. This has now watered down the term. With the modern day democrat party having nothing left in the quiver to promise Americans besides free stuff, they have again resorted to calling everything racist in hopes of giving minorities a cause to vote for them. Notice now that it’s “people of color” or “ women of color.” A lame attempt to build a coalition of victims to be mobilized at a moments notice against anything white. While that coalition stands together for a moment, it falls apart once the target has been eliminated. Then those folks go back to hating each other again. See- blacks and Mexicans.

    So the point is, the term racist is just used to mobilize minorities to do the bidding of a power hungry political machine. Racism does exist, from all races. Hell, light skinned blacks are racist against dark skinned blacks, unless there’s another race to be targeted.

    Unless you are able to identify racism in all its forms from all races, you’ll fail in your goal to eliminate racism. The sure fire way to determine if something is racist is to insert another race into whatever situation you feel is racist, then read it back to yourself. If you are serious about eradicating racism, you must stand at all times against it, regardless of the color of skin such actions emanate from. Not just when it suits you.

  57. Slugglife Says:

    The beloved urban dictionary can also enlighten you as to the meaning of race card.

  58. Oneilbucs Says:

    Slugglife I think tewbo was hated for his love for Christ. He won so I don’t care how ot looked at the time he helped his team win . Now they had a good defense to help him and a decent running game . But people hated him . Now for the race thing it’s not never going to stop . Black quarterbacks are judged harder than white quarterbacks that’s facts!!!! They love to say what is a best friend to a quarterback is a running game. But the national media have never said that for Jamies or other black quarterbacks so you tell me what’s the difference between them? Big Ben had a hall of fame running back and a great defense but they never say that about him winning the super bowl . But for Wilson they let you know that every time when you hear about Wilson super bowl. Elie get credit for winning super bowls but every body know that defense was good and they had a good running game. So you tell me the difference????? Lol lol lol