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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Likely White's Final Days as a Buc

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We tried to reach defensive end Dewayne White's rep on Tuesday and -- put it this way -- it wasn't a long conversation. He was knee-deep in a meeting (probably about White) and would only allow that there was nothing new to report.

For the Bucs, that's bad news. Talking about the Bucs didn't seem worth his time. Seems like nothing is doing between White and Tampa Bay, which means there likely will be plenty going on between White and some other team very soon when he becomes a free agent.

Crazy as it may sound, White -- who has never been a full-time starter for an entire season -- is emerging as one of the premier free agents in the 2007 class. Free agency begins on Friday, and expect White, 27, to be off the board by day's end. With the intense competition for defensive end help in this crop of free agents, White won't be around for long.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated, who might be the most connected man in the biz, predicts White will fetch $7-million a year. That's Simeon Rice money for a guy who has 107 fewer sacks than his better-known teammate (Rice has 121 sacks in his career to White's 14). But more power to White if he can get that kind of dough.

White has long sought more consistent playing time. It looks like he's about to get his wish -- and much, much more.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:43pm]

    

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