Bucs sign DE White to new deal

TAMPA — 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 extension that gives him more security and substantially more money, keeping him put through 2010. He will make $370,000 this season but has numerous incentives for sacks. White stands to make $2.5-million under the deal, according to agent Jack Bechta.

With 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.

GALLOWAY PAIN: WR Joey Galloway's foot sprain wasn't much better by Monday morning.

Galloway was hopping around One Buc Place with crutches as the Bucs contemplated the possibility they'd be without him Sunday at Chicago.

"He left the game and did not return," coach Jon Gruden said. "He'll be evaluated. Obviously, there's some concern. As soon as we get our doctors' response, we'll let you know."

Galloway missed practically all of the preseason with a groin strain. He saw his first extensive practice time in the week before the Sept. 7 season opener.

Galloway wasn't available for comment, but Gruden said each of the team's receivers is capable of playing his position, technically referred to as split end.

"It'd be tough to play anybody without Galloway," Gruden said. "We're going to do the best we can. … We've crosstrained just about all our receivers. That was one of the great accomplishments we had in training camp."

If Galloway is out, Antonio Bryant or Maurice Stovall would be the likeliest options at split end. And the Bucs could get Michael Clayton more involved at flanker. Clayton had just one pass thrown his way Sunday, which he caught for a 6-yard gain. He was inactive in Week 1 against the Saints.

"We want to get him involved, we certainly do," Gruden said.

On second thought: The officiating crew working Sunday's game made an incorrect ruling on a disputed fourth-quarter play that saw the ball change hands after S Sabby Piscitelli recovered a Roddy White fumble and attempted a forward lateral, an NFL official said.

The personal foul committed against Atlanta QB Matt Ryan by Bucs CB Elbert Mack occurred after the initial change of possession, meaning it should not have resulted in the Falcons gaining possession, league spokesman Randall Liu said.

The Bucs should have retained possession, though they would have been subject to the 15-yard penalty for the personal foul.

Even a day later, the whole episode seemed confusing for Gruden.

"After that 15-minute delay, I just said, 'Whatever. Let's just go to the next play,' " Gruden said. "To make a long story short, it was exhausting down there."

Bucs bits: G Davin Joseph's status for Chicago is "questionable to doubtful," Gruden said. Joseph sustained a broken foot last month. … The Bucs have committed 18 penalties in two games after being the least-penalized team in the preseason. "Another reason, I guess, why we should get rid of training camp because it doesn't matter," Gruden said. "We've got to get that right, honestly. I'm very discouraged by it."

Stephen F. Holder can be reached at sholder@sptimes.com.

Bucs sign DE White to new deal 09/15/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 19, 2008 8:30pm]

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