TAMPA — Bucs fans can stop wondering if Devin White will miss a minute of training camp.
The LSU linebacker agreed to terms Saturday on a four-year deal with a fifth-year option, a pact offered to all first-round picks.
Financial specifics weren’t released, but based on the the NFL’s slotting system, White’s four-year contract is expected to be worth just more than $27.5 million contract outside linebacker Bradley Chubb signed with the Broncos a year ago that included an $18.1 million signing bonus.
White, who will start at middle linebacker, is the final member of the Bucs’ draft class to sign. Rookies report Sunday with veterans joining the team Thursday. The first training camp workout under coach Bruce Arians is Friday. All 90 players on the roster are now under contract.
White, 21, is the highest off-the-ball linebacker drafted by the Bucs. At 6-foot, 237 pounds with incredible sideline-to-sideline speed, he is expected to be the face of the Bucs’ defense for many years to come and make an immediate impact on a unit that surrendered 29 points per game last season.
White has yet to play a down in the NFL, but he already has drawn comparisons to some of the greatest linebackers of all time. Not many players at his position are drafted in the top five. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, who coached on the staff at Miami with Ray Lewis and at Ole Miss with Patrick Willis has said White is in that category.
“Coach Orgeron and I are good friends and when he started comparing him to Patrick Willis and Ray Lewis and those type of people as a leader, it was easy to see,” Arians said recently. “Knowing a lot of LSU guys that I have coached, they all say the same thing. The tape speaks for itself. And when people say, ‘You need a pass rusher.’ He’s pretty good at that and we do like to blitz up the middle and quarterbacks don’t like pressure up the middle. So he fits everything that we want as a human being and a football player.”
White has said Bucs fans will like he brings on and off the field.
“I would like the fans to know you’re getting a great guy in myself and you’re going to get an even greater guy on the field,” White said. “Everybody has seen my potential on the college level, but I feel like I’m an unfinished prospect. I feel like my game is at a high level, but with the defensive coaching staff here ... I feel like my game can go to a hole new level. So what they’ve seen at the college level, tell them to expect even more"