Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) reacts to a platy in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Bucs picking up LB Devin White’s 5th-year option

As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly are picking up linebacker Devin White’s fifth-year option.

The move guarantees his $11.7 million salary for the 2023 season.

White, 24, made his first Pro Bowl last season and posted 128 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in 17 starts.

He has 359 tackles, 15 sacks, six fumble recoveries and one interception in 45 games (all starts) and helped the Bucs win Super Bowl LV.

White signed a four-year, $29.3 million rookie deal after being drafted fifth overall in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;   New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) scrambles against Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints QB Jameis Winston (knee) carted to locker room vs. Bucs

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston left Sunday’s game against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a knee injury and was later ruled out for the game by the club.

Winston, a former Buc, was injured on a scramble in the second quarter when he was tackled awkwardly by Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White, who was penalized for a horse-collar tackle.

Winston had to be helped to the sideline after being unable to walk off by himself. He was then carted back to the locker room.

Trevor Siemian replaced Winston. Taysom Hill, New Orleans’ No. 2 quarterback, was unavailable as he remains in concussion protocol after being injured three weeks ago.

Winston had thrown a 16-yard touchdown to Tre’Quan Smith to tie the score at seven. Winston completed 6 of 10 passes for 56 yards and rushed four times for 40 yards before exiting.

Winston spent his first five NFL seasons with Tampa Bay. He is in his second campaign with the Saints.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball against Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs activate LB Devin White, DT Steve McLendon

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated linebacker Devin White and defensive tackle Steve McLendon from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Monday.

Both players, who were placed on the reserve/virus list on New Year’s Day, are expected to be available to play in the Buccaneers’ NFC divisional-round game versus the host New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

They sat out Tampa Bay’s 44-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 3 and the 31-23 win over the Washington Football Team in an NFC wild-card game on Saturday.

White, 22, recorded 140 tackles to go along with nine sacks and a fumble recovery while starting 15 games this season.

McLendon, 35, was acquired the New York Jets in a trade earlier this season. He has collected 31 tackles in 15 games this season, including 17 in nine contests with the Bucs.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway (12) is tackled by inside linebacker Devin White (45) defends in the first quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs place LBs White, Barrett on reserve/COVID-19 list

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers Devin White and Shaquil Barrett were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced on Friday.

It was not immediately known if they tested positive or were exposed to someone who had. If White and Barrett tested positive, they would have to isolate for 10 days — therefore they would miss Sunday’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons (4-11) as well as the Buccaneers’ first postseason game next weekend.

White, 22, recorded a team-leading 140 tackles to go along with nine sacks and a fumble recovery while starting 15 games this season for Tampa Bay (10-5).

Barrett, 28, had 43 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles while starting 15 games in 2020.

–Field Level Media