Tre’Davious White speaks out on possibility of him opting out
The Buffalo Bills may or may not have one of their best defensive players around the team come the 2020 season. Cornerback Tre’Davious White remained mum on his stance with regards to playing in the upcoming season. He will still be assessing the situation ahead of the looming opt-out deadline.
The Athletic’s Matthew Fairburn disclosed the current situation on Twitter:
Bills CB Tre'Davious White said he's still undecided on whether he will opt out. He wanted to come in and see how everything was operating and take his time with a decision.
— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) August 5, 2020
Players have until Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET to finalize their decision. White is due to earn $1.841 million in base salary this year. He’s also due to receive an option-year salary of $10.244 million in 2021.
The Bills could miss an important piece in their puzzle if White decides to opt-out. The defensive ace accounted for 48 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 6 interceptions in 15 games played last season. His presence contributed to the Bills having an impressive 10-6 record to trail the New England Patriots in the AFC East competition. However, their inexperienced squad was eventually kicked out of the playoff picture after their very first game against the Houston Texans.
With the Bulls having higher expectations leading to the upcoming season, White’s decision will make major implications to the team’s chances. The recent entry of young and athletic wideouts into the league also makes his position more valuable than ever.
The Bills already have two players on the opt-out list at this point: defensive tackle Star Loutlelei and cornerback E.J. Gaines. The Bills will only be left with 2015 Pro Bowler Josh Norman and third-year player Levi Wallace in the cornerback room, should White ultimately chooses to sit out.
The Buffalo-based team can only cross their fingers and hope that the former LSU Tiger will choose to play in September.