June 24, 2024

An ex-Pro Bowler from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be a great fit for the Dallas Cowboys.

Devin White, a linebacker for the Buccaneers, is expected to be added by the Cowboys, according to Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports. This offseason, White, like many other skilled linebackers available, will be a free agency. Not only has he won a Super Bowl, but at the end of the 2020 season, he was selected to the Second Team All-Pro and was named to the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2021 season.

Receiver Mike Evans is the Bucs' only selection to the NFL Pro Bowl

“Physically gifted but often debated for his inconsistent angles, White should still have a sizable market because of his upside,” writes Benjamin. “Dallas is never shy about adding big names.”

Over the past few seasons, the 25-year-old linebacker has been among the league’s most statistically reliable linebackers. White recorded at least 124 tackles per season from 2020 to 2022. Since the 2020 season, White actually holds the 10th-highest number of NFL tackles.

But the more sophisticated analytics present White in a less favorable light. In his five NFL seasons, White has never recorded a defensive grade better than 51.9, according to Pro Football Focus. In addition, he had his best defensive grade in the previous four seasons this past season at 46.0, one of the lowest defensive grades of any starting linebacker in the NFL.

Even though PFF may not think highly of him, Spotrac still forecasts White to make $10.7 million a year over the course of a two-year contract worth $21.5 million.

The Cowboys use a more traditional 4-3 defensive alignment, while the Buccaneers use a 3-4 defensive alignment. That being said, White may play the weakside linebacker position in Dallas’ defense as he often plays the left inside linebacker position.

Dallas’ weakside linebacker starter from the start of the season, Leighton Vander Esch, may have a neck injury that could end his career. With a neck injury, Vander Esch’s 2023 season was cut short after just five games. It was Vander Esch’s fourth major neck/collarbone injury during his NFL career, and his fifth if his time at Boise State is taken into account.

Back in November, team owner Jerry Jones talked about how serious Vander Esch’s neck issue was.

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