Devin White Feelings Are Normal; His Actions?

May 22nd, 2023

Trade-me, love-me, you-misunderstand-me linebacker Devin White wants out of Tampa and wants in at the same time.

A former Buccaneer says that’s normal.

Joe is referencing the wise words of retired quarterback Shaun King, one of four quarterbacks to lead Tampa Bay to the NFC Championship game.

King says White’s historic start to his career meant the microcsope was coming for him quickly, and White didn’t live up to his early glory. “I thought there were times when he didn’t play with his hair on fire,” King said of White’s play last year, citing inconsistent performances.

King continued, via the WDAE airwaves last week, to say White’s inner contract turmoil is sort of normal.

“Every good player goes through what Devin is going through. ‘I’m on the back end of my deal. If they really like me and want me, they’ll extend my deal and give me a big bonus,'” King said. “And when they don’t do that, as a player, it always makes you look sideways at the organization.”

Joe agrees with King, but not every player goes public with his beef. And not every player is due $11 million+ in the final year of his deal, which White is now.

For the average Joe and the average NFL player, moaning about a guaranteed $11 million doesn’t prompt a lot of empathy.

Joe hopes White and the Bucs work things out, but Joe suspects nothing will happen until this season ends are the Bucs are confident Todd Bowles is returning for his third season as head coach. It’s well documented what Bowles thinks of White.

31 Responses to “Devin White Feelings Are Normal; His Actions?”

  1. Beej Says:

    He is the 8th highest paid linebacker in the NFL, I’m not seeing the problem here

  2. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    He’s just a country boy learning that the pitfalls of the city are completely real.

  3. ElioT Says:

    White is slated to be the 7th highest paid MLB in the league in 2023 with his $11,706,000

    That seems about right to me.

  4. AnonymousBuc76 Says:

    Bye bye Devin…

    I could care less…

  5. Voice of Truth Says:

    Going public with a trade demand while awaiting $11 mil in salary is just not a good look for anyone, anywhere

    Kid made a huge PR mistake and now needs to come in and prove his worth for $20mil a year – not only are we not willing to trade him, no one is willing to give up tremendous draft or player equity and then pay him 100 million over 5 years…

    He showed his youth and immaturity here…

  6. zzbucs Says:

    First of all we all BUcs fans know that White´s games has his flaws, we all know it. He is good, but he is not THAT good.

    Second why would you demand a big fat new contract when the first one did not finish. Probably the right answer is his ego is messing him up.

    You shouldn´t go to the team, just go to the UNION and make a claim.

    If he stays in the Bucs he will have to bust his tale off in order to be payed the way he would like to, if he doesn´t show any effort, nobody will want him, pure and simple.

  7. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Can’t pay a ilb 20+ million a year no need dime a dozen

  8. BucinCrazy Says:

    He’s more concerned with being Rich than great . Move on. He’s gonna be a headache and distraction each day he’s here

  9. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    So…outside of the 4 playoff games in 3-4 years with the team has he really shined? He is getting close to Geraldini territory.

  10. Hodad Says:

    I was hoping White would be the next Ray Lewis. Turns out he’s more like Jerry Lewis!

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    Shaun King, one of two quarterbacks to “lead” Tampa Bay to a LOSS in the NFC Championship game when his defense gave up less than 10 points…..

  12. Onetrickpony Says:

    Again , let him walk. Somebody will pick him up for pennies on the dollar. He messed up when he put his crying out to the public

  13. justin Says:

    I saw this coming when he was at the combine and made the comment “I want to break the bank” . For me, that was a huge red flag and was hoping that wasn’t going to happen, but here we are, he’s making good on what he had said before he was even drafted.

  14. Alanbucsfan Says:

    but not every player goes public with his beef-

    When did White go public about his contract demand?
    The media broke the story and JL addressed it in a news conference.

  15. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Alanbucsfan, I highly doubt that “the media” reading his mind.

  16. Martin Meade Says:

    Hodad Says:
    I was hoping White would be the next Ray Lewis. Turns out he’s more like Jerry Lewis!

    Good One!! I agree

  17. 1#bucsfan Says:

    If he played last season like 2020 post season he would already be signed but the thing is he didn’t. He’s inconsistent. Way too inconsistent. Simone commented on here n I think it’s a perfect statement. DW45 is the Winston of the defense. Lol. Looks like a hall of famer on some plays then bone headed mistakes the very next one. Then he throws a fit about it. Was a fan but quickly turning on his me first attitude

  18. Buc4evr Says:

    I don’t care, this team has so many issues, I doubt Devin will make much difference this year anyway. $11M for inconsistent performance and this guy is complaining. Think the Bucs should trade him.

  19. Stanglassman Says:

    Why is it very one rounding down 11.7 million to 11. Shouldn’t it be 12 if we’re rounding off?

  20. BucsFan81 Says:

    My prediction this Diva is traded before the trade deadline to some team making a post season run.

  21. ModHairKen Says:

    If any pro player wants the format, look at how Mr. Derrick Brooks handled his business when he was not paid properly.

    That man spoke a thousand words without saying a single.

  22. Bobby M. Says:

    Product of social media….everything has to be a circus if they don’t get what they want immediately. Surely someone told him don’t go public, which means he doesn’t listen. I’m guessing behind the scenes the same is true with play. He can’t be critiqued, can’t be questioned, even when HOF players call him out for obvious lack of effort.

  23. DungyDance Says:

    ^^^^ Nice.

  24. sasquatch Says:

    Just ship him out. We’re starting something new and we don’t need diva malcontents who overestimate their value. He’s a funking dumbass.

  25. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Devin white hits hard, runs fast, and doesn’t seem to have bad habits. Plus his stats are as good as any other inside linebacker over the last three years that I know of… these are the ones a good football team keeps.
    He might say the wrong thing from time to time, but so did trump…
    Just sayin.

  26. Fred McNeil Says:

    At some point it becomes better to let a $20 million inside linebacker walk and sign 2 or 3 players to take his place. Many great quarterbacks seldom see the Super Bowl because they pig out on so much cap room that the team can’t sign anyone else. Look at Kaaron Rodgers and his $58 million deal. Geez, Kaaron, save some for somebody else.
    That’s part of what made Tom Brady so great.
    Inside linebacker isn’t near as critical as pass rushers. Maybe if he can score 10 sacks this year we would have to consider such a gluttonous figure, but generally ILBs can only blitz just so often

  27. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    I think from the perspective of White’s future contributions to the team. One could surmise his best football is behind him. If you look at his play over the last two seasons. He hasn’t played at an elite level. Or least the level of a 5th overall pick for his position. If reports are true he wants the kind if money a double digit sack leader commands. He’s just not that disruptive. I would rather he play for Tampa. But if wants out try and get a first or high second rd pick for him.

  28. adam from ny Says:

    chances are bowles and lvd might not be here next season…

    so why keep dw at that salary…

    start anew…start from scratch at mlb…

    also if we are a crappy team this year, but not the worst, we will be up for a great early draft pick next year…

    might be the ideal spot to bring in a new stud mlb

  29. Derobbins Says:

    It’s because getting paid now, which he has earned despite all the hoopla, would get him years of guaranteed pay.

    If he blows an acl, this could be his last 11m

    The bucs are litterally asking him to gamble his future earnings on his health this year. Not exactly a recipe to encourage a player to play hard, I’m guessing we’ll be seeing alot of business decisions from Devin white this year. Why risk injury by pushing hard in the last quarter of a game.

    Yeah yeah, he has millions of dollars!. Sure. But just because you have money doesn’t mean you are OK losing alot more.

    Now the team has incentive to scheme him in a way that leads to him having off numbers, so they can get him at a reduced rate. Maybe this year we’ll see an over the hill lavonte David getting the schemed blitzes?

    It makes sense for him to want out, the way the scheme has evolved, he has gotten less favorable looks every year. And fans whining about him in coverage, when he excels at blitzing.

  30. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    White has done nothing wrong here. Neither has the team. It’s just contract negotiations. And plenty of players make it public these days.

    White probably is not confident Bowles will win games, so his value may be lower next year.

    He DID NOT demand a trade…he suggested it. He isn’t getting it, so if he wants a big contract anywhere next year, he has to be one of the best on the field this year.

    By season end, you’ll all want him re-rigned.

  31. Eckwood Says:

    @ bb lawn chairs ……. 1. He doesn’t hit hard at all and constantly gets trucked , he arrives with speed but He Does Not Hit Hard 2. He is quick not fast 3. He is quick not fluid and doesn’t change direction well 4. Other than coming down hill through a gap at an angle( plays very fast) he just doest play fast 5. Gets man handled by any offensive player that reaches him , you literally have to scheme to keep him totally clean 6. Hands aren’t good 7.Gets handled one on one way to often by RB s in blitz protection 8. Has more clean shots at QB s than anybody in the leave and constantly whiffs and just looks concrete footed 9.he’s maybe 5’ 10 and not a threat to throw over 10. constantly try’s to talk himself good , which = cancer !! ……… I think going forward 5 to 8 steps he’s top 3 but other than that he just isn’t athletic and not a top 15 linebacker