Fifth-year option picked up
Tampa Bay informed White on Wednesday that his fifth-year team option for 2023 will be exercised, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The Buccaneers' decision to pick up White's $11.706 million option comes just one day before the 2022 NFL Draft and gives the team an additional year to negotiate with him on a longer-term extension. Though White's production took a step back in 2021 (128 tackles, 3.5 sacks) compared to 2020 (140 tackles, 9.0 sacks), White is certainly viewed as a major pillar of Tampa Bay's defensive scheme.
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Otton (ankle) could see a boost in his overall opportunity in the wake of Rob Gronkowski's retirement, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Brate is currently the No. 1 tight end on the Buccaneers depth chart in the immediate wake of Rob Gronkowski's retirement, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday that Gage will play a "very important" role in Tampa Bay's offense, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Fournette revealed Tuesday that he weighs around 240 pounds, but he plans to drop down to the 220-230 range to maximize his speed for the upcoming season, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
White's versatile skill set could allow him to enjoy a sizable role during his rookie season, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He's a good talent, that's why we drafted him," Bucs coach Todd Bowles said. "Leonard is our starter, obviously. We look for White to compete with Vaughn and Gio and we'll see from there. ... He has good size. He has good feet and good speed. But he's capable of spelling Leonard, he's capable of catching a ball."
Grayson, who finished the Buccaneers' postseason run in January nursing a hamstring injury, is healthy and could make a push for playing time in the latter portion of the wideout depth chart, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Brady noted Wednesday that he feels his left knee is finally back to full health after the MCL surgery he underwent in June 2021, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Otton (ankle) won't participate in on-field work at rookie minicamp, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
The Buccaneers selected Kieft in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 218th overall.
The Buccaneers selected Otton in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 106th overall.