Devin White Seems To Address His Trade Demand On Instagram

April 17th, 2023

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For the first time since Jenna Laine of ESPN reported Devin White wanted out of Tampa Bay, the disgruntled Bucs linebacker seemed to address the issue.

On Tuesday, ESPN reported White is “fed up” with the Bucs and at his apparently stalled contract extension negotiations, and he demanded the Bucs trade him.

In response, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht said in his pre-draft press conference on Thursday he has no intention of trading White, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2019 draft.

White first posted a CBS Sports graphic on his Instagram stories account Sunday morning. It detailed how he is the only linebacker “since 2020” to have at least 100 tackles and 15 quarterback hits in a season. White racked up these numbers each of the past three seasons.

Then on Sunday night, White posted the following, apparently his first salvo since he demanded a trade.

“I’m at peace with who I am and what I’m capable of,” White posted.

Joe is confident Licht is, too.

Two elements to this public hassle are unknown but will be key elements going forward

The first is the money demand from White and his agent. The second is whether White will invoke Operation Shutdown and not just sit out offseason activities but also sit out the season unless a new contract is worked out?

The first offseason workout for the Bucs is today. Will White be there or will he be seen on social media riding one of his horses?

75 Responses to “Devin White Seems To Address His Trade Demand On Instagram”

  1. Steven007 Says:

    Well I guess if he sits out the season there won’t be four instances of a player accumulating 100 tackles and 15 QB hits. And also his wallet will be a lot lighter. Does it really have to be drama each off season? If I’m the GM I don’t budge in this particular instance. An ILB does not strong arm a team like a QB. Terrible optics for him. The team holds all the cards, and not just for this year.

  2. westernbuc Says:

    Policy has always been not to negotiate with guys who aren’t showing up to camp and whatnot. Licht can still patch this up, that seems to be his goal. But if he can’t, let’s get some picks. I’d rather Devin stays and proves he’s worth the money he wants but that’s up to him

  3. Elita Vita Says:

    I agree Steven. Pretty soon we should let the players run the draft. They get to pick the team that will play with and the GM’s and coaches will pick up the phone when the players call them. Let’s get back some normalcy!

  4. Andrew Says:

    Get rid of this dude.

  5. Buccos Says:

    If Vea got a new contract after 4 years why not White. Atleast he is on the field unlike Vea

  6. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Bucco the Bucs don’t have the funds like they did when vea got his and vea clogs up the middle n takes on double teams a lot. DW45 doesn’t just not show up in games sometimes but he’s more consistent in over running plays n being out of position then he is when he played great in the post season of 2020. He’s very talented but very inconsistent at the same time and prob wants too much money. The league is about what have you done lately n not what you did in the past n lately he’s bin more of a liability than an asset. Playoff game for the cowboys he’s got owned n that just can’t happen after 3 or so seasons. He’s the jaymis Winston of the defense

  7. sasquatch Says:


  8. Dre bucs fan Says:

    Thank you for your services Mr. White, time to move in and cash in as much as possible with him….BUTTTT conspiracy people and thinkers of the NFL claims it’s mightyyyy odd and coincidental that in the same week white claims he wants a trade, we bring in two QBs for top 30 official visits…hmmm something to think about i guess!

  9. Buccos Says:

    White is the most explosive player on our defense. He is a huge threat as a pass rusher and his speed towards the ball carrier is second to none. He is in his absolute prime and cannot be replaced this year in the draft. Pay the man!

  10. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    See ya.

  11. Tony Says:

    Daiyan Henley & Dorian Williams are two they should consider.

  12. Tony Says:

    Resign Fournette & MOVE HIM TO LB TO REPLACE DEVIN! He’s big enough now.

  13. MadMax Says:

    Just shush manchild….we already know who you are (me, me, me myself and i) and your capabilities of shutting it down and loafing…..don’t let the door hit you on the way out kid!

  14. firethecannons Says:

    lets get some picks

  15. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    Jason Kanno says:
    Despite his flashy numbers, White is frequently a liability in run defense and pass coverage. He missed 14% of his tackles in 2022 per PFF, putting him among the bottom-10 linebackers who played at least 50% of their team’s defensive snaps. When in coverage last year, he allowed a passer rating of 121.8, second-worst among linebackers.

    These are not aberrations. Over his NFL career, he has missed 13.1% of his tackles and has allowed a 106.9 passer rating in coverage.

  16. MadMax Says:

    Trenton Simpson will LOVE your spot….a man who knows how to bring it and not loaf!

  17. Onetrickpony Says:

    Taking cues from ego maniac
    Lamar Jackson ?

  18. garro Says:

    So he’s at peace being an asshat and a distraction at a critical time for his team.

    Also at peace with loafing and not playing to his potential. Can you say delusional?

  19. Natron Says:

    He was outstanding during the 2020 playoff run, since then it’s been very hit or miss, not the elite level I expected him to be at by now. He wouldn’t be the first player to get the big money and then just cruise along. Still, this is a tough decision

  20. SB Says:

    I thought he was the sh!t and realized I got shat on.

  21. Fred McNeil Says:

    If he holds out and doesn’t report to camp he gets fined some substantial amount.
    If he sits out the season his contract rolls over to next year. He’ll play at least some this season .

  22. Fred McNeil Says:

    If he skips camp and maybe some games and isn’t in shape he’ll be playing somewhere on a one year “prove it” deal next year for next to nothing.

  23. Rand Says:

    I wonder how many were shared tackles that were first initiated by Lavonte David while Devin White joined in? Without David on the field does White even get 100+ tackles?

  24. Drew Says:

    Trade him or bench him. Let him ride the pine this year.

  25. Joe in Michigan Says:

    He’s at peace with being a liability (sometimes) and loafing (sometimes)? I wish he was as good as he THINKS he is.

  26. WVBuc Says:

    I’m hoping to hear there’s been a trade, the Bucs are sending LBer….to…..for (best draft package offered) on the 27th. If not then, then the 28th…the earlier the announcement, the better the return I believe.

    White’s agent can only help drive up his price because they’re focused on cashing in on his contract with the new team’s GM. I’m sure his agent has solicited unofficial numbers from White’s preferred locations. That they’re planting bits like that with CBS sports, it leads me to believe they haven’t found a contract possibility that meets the demand. If they had, they wouldn’t direct White to post propaganda designed to drive up his demands. They’d lay low to allow the price for him to be as low as possible in trade.

  27. bob in valrico Says:

    Thanks for sharing Delusional
    Kanno’s analysis is spot on. In all my years watching the Bucs, I am hard pressed
    to recall a middle linebacker that couldn’t cover. I predict that he will follow Kwan’s path and be on multiple teams. Until he works to address his deficiencies,
    he wiil not earn the contract he desires.

  28. Bucs Guy Says:

    Trade him for the best package of draft picks. Saves Tampa Bay cap space. After T and Edge, Bucs get needed picks for a very rich day 2 filled with potential 10 year starters at ILB, DT, TE and S. Ideally trade him to Houston for early day two picks (2nd and 3rd or 4th).. Texans have two 3rd round picks and cap space to sign him to a new deal according to Spotrac. Cardinals may be another option after they trade Hopkins to free up more cap space. They also have two 3rd round picks.

    Trading back a few spots could also net an extra 3rd round pick for a potential six day 1 and 2. picks. Licht needs to wheel and deal, if possible,, to get some extra picks.. This could be an extremely important draft in re-stocking the cupboards with long term starters.

    Follow that with RB, CB, IOL and WR with its six day 3 picks. Licht ould even use some of the day 3 picks to move up a few positions if needed somewhere.

  29. John J Barse Says:

    i would trade him to Houston or whoever is the worst team right now just to show him he is not worth 20 mil a year like he is demanding

  30. RuKa_44 Says:

    Licht cannot trade him. That would tell all the other guys in the team that you can strong arm the organization to whatever you want.
    The moment Licht access to trade this D White he will have another bunch of guys knocking on his door with demands and afterwards going public about it if they don’t get what they want.
    And that, my friends, is the start of an unmanageable locker room, therefore, the start of a full rebuild.

  31. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Licht should get on Instagram and post how many MISSED TACKLES, and times he has been out of position and loafed he has had over the last 3 seasons.

  32. Pewter Power Says:

    The hell 15 quarterback hits in a season? Who cares about hitting the quarterback when the sack is preferred

    Idiot how many quarterback hits would you get off your coach didn’t send you on a blitz? Man no way he should get a contract extension, he’ll just holdout before he finishes his next contract

  33. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Me first guy with below average coverage skills isn’t worth 20mil per season

  34. Todd Says:

    Brain fart here. Who was that Steelers running back who played hardball and sat out?

    Didn’t work out too well if memory serves.


  35. bucfanforever Says:

    64th in Sacks
    36th in Solo Tackles

    1 interception
    6 forced fumbles
    15 passes defended

    Stop kidding yourself. To be paid $20 million a year as a linebacker, you need to be a game-wrecker. At this point, you are just a very good player. Play this year like a contract year and then get paid.

  36. TDTB Says:

    Why is nobody pointing him to Chis Godwin. Great player, deserved to get paid, but simply had to wait for it. White is an idiot.

  37. Tampa T Says:

    He is soft, plays soft, got whipped by Dallas’s backup.
    Clear the cap, send to the Texans.

    He’s about $$$ not heart.

  38. AnonymousBuc76 Says:

    This is ashame,

    I liked Devin White, what he isn’t taking into account is how much playing along side LaVonte helps him. I kind of wanted to see how he played without LaVonte; if David had moved on White wouldn’t be able to hid in the weeds anymore. Have you seen this guy in coverage? It’s terrible. Having a guy like LaVonte allows White to freelance; now as a result he thinks he’s the next Willie Lanier or something smh…

  39. Beej Says:

    If he sits out camp, at least we will see what Britt can do

  40. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Put him on special teams as well and don’t bulge at all to his demands.

  41. Stormy Says:

    You people who want to trade him for ‘whatever Licht can get’ are emotional fools.

    If Licht gets a killer offer? Sure. 4th and 5th round picks some of you seem happy to get? Naw 1 He should laugh and hang up the phone. The worst they’ll do is 3rd rnd comp pick if they let him walk next year, which they don’t have to (transition tag or franchise tag).

    As for Vea vs White? It’s simple. Does Vea make other players better when he’s in? Yes. White? Not so much. A Game wrecking DT is way more valuable (and harder to find) than an ILB. That’s facts. Vea may only play 50-60% of the time, but how often is White a liability, which is no better than sitting out a play?

  42. GBuc62 Says:

    Fix your screw up Licht, straight up trade Devin White for Dalvin Cook. Get it done.

  43. Allbuccedup Says:

    We are already going to have a shaky season do not need this guy stirring the pot making the situation worse.

  44. JN Says:

    Trade him! He is NOT worth the money he wants…. so get something now in return.

  45. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Todd Says:
    April 17th, 2023 at 6:51 am
    Brain fart here. Who was that Steelers running back who played hardball and sat out?

    Didn’t work out too well if memory serves.
    Le’Veon Bell. He played for the Bucs for a minute.

  46. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Will Devin post the graphic showing him to be the worst player in coverage (according to passer rating against) in the NFL?

  47. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    The QB hits are 100% due to Bowles scheme. I hate a player that can’t play out his contract. 12 million isn’t enough. Definitely nothing in him is team first. I’d be listening to the offers for sure.

  48. Dlavid Says:

    Cancer !

  49. gp Says:

    I’m just hoping some other team will want him.
    Face it, we’re not the only ones who can watch tape or look up PFF grades.
    If White’s not careful, or really plays it stupid, it could be the end of a short career. I can’t imagine any team in the NFL paying him 20. If he want’s to play, he’ll have to back off of that figure.

  50. gotbbucs Says:

    Picked right up on the Leonard Fournette mentality. I’m guessing they’re best buds.

  51. Jmarkbuc Says:



    He’s explosive at running past the ball carrier/QB

    When he’s not bored or loafing…

  52. Goatfarmer Says:

    Everything that needs to be said about Diva Whitehorse has already been said. Eff him with his high horse.

  53. Alanbucsfan Says:

    D White will play his A off this year looking for a huge contract in 2024- expect a Micah Parsons level performance.

  54. Tony Says:

    See what you think.

    1st round: DARNELL WRIGHT (OL Tennessee)
    2nd round: TUI TULIPOLUTU (DE/DT USC)
    3rd round: JULIUS BRENTS (CB Kansas St) or Henley
    5th round: DORIAN WILLIAMS (LB Tulane)
    5th round: CHANDLER ZAVALA (OL North Carolina St)
    6th round: ROSHON JOHNSON (RB Texas)
    6th round: JOSH WHYLE (TE Cincinnati)
    6th round: ANTOINE GREEN (WR North Carolina)
    7th round: CHRISTIAN YOUNG (S/CB Arizona)

    Depending on a QB. Maybe they should wait until next year.

  55. Gbuc62 Says:

    Fix two of your mistakes in one move Licht. Devin White for Dalvin Cook, straight up trade. Get it done.

  56. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I think that even if he were to play this season for the BUCS that he will just go through the motions and only play hard enough to avoid any loafing related injuries. I hope he has someone interested in him enough to flip us some descent draft pick.

  57. SB~LV Says:

    The market tells no lies…

  58. Dooley Says:

    Daiyan Henley or Owen Pappoe

  59. DJB Says:

    Never saw an MLB with such poor tackling techniques, he likes to wrestle but never seems to drive thru a ball carrier. He definitely has not paid attention to the way LaVonte tackles. We need more than just Britt on the roster as a replacement. Seen enough of this guy to know he is really bad. I saw firsthand how he blew the play where Prescott walked right past him into the EZ in the playoff game, even though his primary responsibility on the play was Prescott.

  60. Tony Says:

    A TE that could be pretty good that nobody is really paying attention to is Jeremie Karngbaye (West Texas A & M).

  61. Ran-D Says:

    How much effort is he going to have you don’t give him what he wants, this is not good, you think he was bored last year wait and see what happens if he doesn’t have his way.

  62. SlyPirate Says:

    “Do or do not. There is no capable of.”

  63. Mike Johnson Says:

    The last thing this already depleted personnel team needs is a disgruntled veteran. Trade him now for a 2nd and a 4th or 5th pick. He does not want to be here and will play lackadaisical the whole year. Devin is good but not so much he cannot be replaced. Sweep him out of Buc land and into the Bay.

  64. Ugotrobbed Says:

    He’s always been a blow hard, but since the SB year he hasn’t backed it up!
    Hoping a team on draft night will make an offer that JL can’t refuse.

  65. SlyPirate Says:

    Mike Johnson … Licht should jump on a 2nd and 5th.

  66. Goatfarmer Says:

    Stormy has a point, also. Let him sit the year out, the contract rolls over again. Unless (and waiting helps this) some team comes in with an armored truck offer for the Diva, then Licht will pounce. I’m sure Licht will entertain offers on draft day, maybe DeMeco Ryans offers one of his premium picks for Diva and some spare change.

    Eff Diva with his high horse. His horse does seem to be high. As does his opinion of himself. IQ of 5.

  67. Roc Says:

    Why mess with this guy

    Bye Felicia

    Play good is why you get 12 million

  68. Larrd Says:

    15 qb hits is a pretty good stat for him, as long as they weren’t penalties. If Bowles were as genius as he thinks, he’d figure a way to turn those into sacks. Then pay him and everyone’s happy.

  69. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    He won’t sit out the season.

  70. Goatfarmer Says:

    I bet he does. He’s that stoopid.

  71. Jon Grudin Says:

    What would I, as a NFL wrongly scapegoated Bucs Super Bowl winning coach, and ESPN broadcaster who was well known to overpraise and fawn on players, no matter how mediocre their style of play, say to Bucs soon to be ex-“Craptain” Devin White?

    In the wonderfully deep, (but delightfully snide and “bitchy”) voice of legendary Hollywood actor and icon, Mr. George Takei:

    This concludes the discussion of this subject. Please wash your hands and flush on your way out the restroom. We will now return to our regularly scheduled program for tonight
    “Joe knows the Bucs woes”

    Mr. Sulu always knows just what to say to make everyone feel at ease…..

  72. Ben Harvey Says:

    Would be better if those were 15 qb sacks. Hence the issue, not enough sacks, not enough plays in the passing game. Pass rushers dont grt paid for QB hits bc that means they are too late to impact the pass. Cmon man, play your game and you will get paid whaf you are worth. Licht doesnt do anyone dirty.

  73. Goatfarmer Says:

    Simple Diva. He can touch heads and communicate with his horses.

    But he can’t cover a back or tight end and tackles like his four-hooved friends.

  74. J Says:

    Who’s his agent, Antonio Brown

  75. BillyBucco Says:

    This is like a child abuser saying I took the kids to school every day for 3 years, when trying to get custody of the kids.

    This guy really disappoints me man.
    How hard was it to find that stat?
    At least 10 comments on this here site speaks to him being in the bottom 10% in areas.

    That my friend does not deserve to be the highest paid ILB.
    It like Jameis talking about the 5,000 yds and 30 TDs but excluding the picks.
    Look at where he is now?