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Greg White gets contract extension

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DE Greg White's sole protest against the Bucs' decision not to extend his contract over the summer was to report a day late to training camp.

After that, the exclusive-rights free agent backed down and played under his one-year minimum-salary contract.

Until now.

White recently signed a two-year contract extension that gives him more security and substantially more money, keeping him with the Bucs through 2010. He will make $370,000 this season but has numerous incentives for sacks. White stands to make $2.5-million under terms of the deal, according to agent Jack Bechta.

Having posted 2.5 sacks through two weeks, White is on pace to surpass his team-leading eight sacks in 2007. Concerns about consistency could have played a role in the Bucs' initial reluctance to grant an extension, considering last season was White's first in the NFL after several years in Europe and the Arena League.

White was at the mercy of NFL rules which are unfavorable toward undrafted players who excel early in their careers. Because he was not a full-time NFL player until last season, White was not eligible for free agency and was prohibited from negotiating with any other club. The Bucs were required only to offer him a one-year contract worth $370,000 to retain exclusive negotiating rights, an offer White reluctantly signed.

The deal does not include any guaranteed money nor an upfront signing bonus, so it is a low-risk deal for the Bucs. All in all, both parties should be pretty pleased about this outcome. Kudos to the Bucs for getting the deal done.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:11pm]

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