After saying on Wednesday that he was “still undecided” about playing football in 2020, Buffalo Bills All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White has reportedly not opted out of the season and will suit up for the team this season. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen was the first to report the news:
Tre’Davious White did not opt out, per source.#BillsMafia
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 6, 2020
The 25-year-old had his best season yet with the Bills in 2019, registering 58 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and a league-high six interceptions in 15 games played. He also gave up zero touchdowns to receivers that had the ball thrown their way. White’s performance this season earned him his first Pro Bowl selection, as well as First-Team All-Pro selection.
In 47 career games for the Bills, White has been nothing but reliable with 181 combined tackles, one sack, 12 interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. The only game he missed was this past season when he was given a rest for Buffalo’s Week 17 matchup with the New York Jets.
White will be entering the fourth-year of his rookie contract, set to earn $1.8 million in base salary this season. The Bills have also exercised their fifth-year option on White for 2021, meaning he is under contract for two more seasons. He’s set to earn over $10 million in 2021 if he plays on his current contract. However, White is most likely looking at a massive extension some time soon. The team has publicly stated they would like to lock him up long-term.
If he had chosen to opt out, White’s contract would have tolled, meaning it would be frozen and picked up next year at the same spot it is now. He would have been paid $150,000 as a stipend and advancement towards next year’s salary.
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