Ed Orgeron had high praise for former LSU Tiger and Super Bowl champion Devin White.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rising star Devin White is making a strong case for the best middle linebacker in the NFL. Ed Orgeron is thinking even bigger. Orgeron believes if White keeps playing the way he is, he will cement his legacy in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
White was the highest-drafted linebacker in LSU history and the first LSU linebacker selected since Eric Hill was taken 10th overall in 1989 when the Bucs made him the fifth pick in the draft. He finished his career with 286 tackles (114 solos), 29 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and an interception.
His play on the field translated to being named a Butkus Award winner, two-time team MVP and First-Team All-SEC, among other honors. When you see these achievements and look where he is now, it’s no surprise.
He and Lavonte David made the Buccaneers a headache to go up against because they fly around and do a great job getting pressure on the quarterback. The strength of that team this season was their front seven.
Devin White is on the Hall of Fame track
While we’re talking about White, we also have to bring up Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. His brilliance took down the Saints, Packers and Chiefs, who have MVP quarterbacks and future Hall of Famers. Bowles deserves a lot of credit for its success.
White recorded 38 tackles (27 solos), three tackles for loss, and two interceptions in the postseason.
According to Spotrac, White has two years left on a four-year/$29 million and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2024. It would behoove the Buccaneers to sign him to another long-term deal before then. You don’t let someone like that leave in free agency. And they won’t.