Bad Financial News for Devin White – JoeBucsFan.com

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One way the Bucs could get more margin out of their salary cap would be to extend/renegotiate savior linebacker Devin White’s contract.

He’s entering Year 4 of his tenure at the Bucs, so it’s on the table, under NFL rules, if both sides want it.

However, Mike Florio, the guru of ProFootballTalk.com and author of Playmakers, wrote an article today on the market down for inside linebackers on Day 6 of Free Agency.

Currently available inside linebackers include Bobby Wagner, Joe Schobert, Anthony Hitchens, Dont’a Hightower, Danny Trevathan, Nick Kwiatkowski, Kyle Van Noy, Jarrad Davis, Jayon Brown, Kwon Alexander and Reggie Ragland.

Those who came to the market did not make colossal money. Yes, De’Vondre Campbell got a major deal to stay with the Packers, a five-year, $50 million deal (but with only $15 million fully guaranteed at signing). Obviously, however, he never became a free agent.

Jordan Hicks, who instantly becomes a starting inside linebacker in Minnesota’s new 3-4 system, signed a two-year, $10 million contract with $4.45 million fully guaranteed at signing. The deal ties $1 million to roster bonuses per game. If he plays 34 games over two seasons, he averages $5 million.

There’s more to the story via the link above. White’s salary is just under $5 million for 2022, but he’ll be nearly double that year’s cap. His fifth-year option (2023) would be $11.7 million, if the Bucs exercised it, according to Spotrac.com.

Joe wonders if the declining market for inside linebackers will cause the Bucs to rethink how they handle white. The deadline to exercise the fifth year option is in May. The Bucs and White could agree to a new contract at any time.

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