Bucs agree to contract with 1st-round LB White

Field Level Media

July 21, 2019 at 12:01 am.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to a contract with first-round linebacker Devin White on Saturday, a day before the team’s rookies report to training camp.

White was drafted fifth overall in April, slotting his contract value around $29 million over four years, all fully guaranteed, with a signing bonus around $19 million. Like all first-round picks, his deal included a fifth-year team option.

The Bucs’ veterans report to camp on Thursday.

Touted as one of the top off-ball linebacker prospects in recent years, the 21-year-old White is expected to start from Day 1 next to Lavonte David in the middle of new coordinator Todd Bowles’ 3-4 defense. White was a consensus All-American while winning the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker in 2018 at LSU, totaling 123 tackles (12 for loss) three sacks and six pass breakups.

White’s agreement leaves just seven draft picks unsigned across the league, including four first-rounders: defensive end Nick Bosa (No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers), defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (No. 3, New York Jets), quarterback Daniel Jones (No. 6, New York Giants) and defensive end Brian Burns (No. 16, Carolina Panthers).

The other three are 49ers’ second-round wide receiver Deebo Samuel, Giants’ third-round outside linebacker Oshane Ximines and Minnesota Vikings’ seventh-round long-snapper Austin Cutting.