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No one is interested in Pat White

NFL_white_250.jpgCut on Saturday and unclaimed on waivers by Sunday at noon, former West Virginia University quarterback Pat White is a man without an NFL team.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, no one is interested in White.  No visits, no negotiations, no offers, nothing.

It’s a stunning fall for the 44th overall pick in the 2009 draft.  And so the question becomes whether he’ll give up on his NFL career, whether he’ll wait until 2011 to try to get back in, whether he’ll change to a new position, whether he’ll try to play in a different pro football league, and whether he’ll return to baseball.

White isn’t eligible to join a practice squad because he appeared in 13 games last year. 

Still, White possibly can find a new home in the NFL.  “I’d be surprised if he wasn’t in the league at some point,” said one league source whose responsibilities include the selection of free agents.  The challenge will be devising a strategy for ensuring that White can secure a spot on the game-day roster, possibly through a combination of skill sets.

In the wake of White’s time in Miami, concerns have emerged regarding his size and strength.  Teams wonder whether he can withstand the physical beating that comes with being an NFL player.

If he still wants to play quarterback only, White ultimately may be best served by getting live reps in the UFL or the CFL.  It’s also possible that White will need a full offseason with an NFL team in order to have the best chance of making the final roster.

Regardless of how it all turns out, nothing is happening now.  Perhaps after a couple of weeks of the regular season someone will decide to give him another shot.

And maybe White eventually will abandon on his own a reluctance to player other positions.  In the end, versatility could be White’s best bet for having an NFL career — assuming White still wants one.

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  1. NYMets says: Sep 7, 2010 8:34 PM

    Number 1) he’s not good.
    Number 2) he comes out of a bad system.
    Number 3) the wildcat is a gadget play that sometimes works but most of the time doesn’t. And that’s really all he can do. He’s not an NFL quarterback. Heck, Josh Freeman isn’t either and he blows White away.

  2. neilp says: Sep 7, 2010 8:38 PM

    How long will it be before NFL teams realize these option type qb’s are not going to make it in the NFL as quarterbacks.
    Maybe Pat White should try and be a runningback, maybe a third down type ala Kevin Faulk of the Patriots. I have no idea how his pass catching is or failing that he could try and be a corner although I think its a bit late to be changing what you do.
    Bill Parcells and Miami a 44th pick totally wasted and yet again the hype machine got totally out of control!

  3. HereThere says: Sep 7, 2010 8:38 PM

    Florio’s now compiling his list of people to blame for Pat White’s failures: Reggie Bush, Peyton Manning, Dan Hampton, Pete Carroll, the Jacksonville Jaguars front office, Albert Haynesworthless, sock puppets from outer space……

  4. Bengals Season Ticket Chump says: Sep 7, 2010 8:39 PM

    That’s right Florio, no one is interested except you ;-)

  5. VegasChris says: Sep 7, 2010 8:39 PM

    “No one is interested in Pat White”
    … including PFT Planet…
    (yawn)

  6. Bob Nelson says: Sep 7, 2010 8:41 PM

    Mike Florio is singing the Pat White Blues.

  7. Wellsee says: Sep 7, 2010 8:42 PM

    Maybe he can write for PFT. He is a college grad, after all.

  8. PittsburghSteelerz says: Sep 7, 2010 8:42 PM

    My one Pat White NFL memory is him getting CRUSHED by Ike Taylor…. Ah, good memories.

  9. Lance19 says: Sep 7, 2010 8:43 PM

    I just typed something because no one
    else seems to be interested in Pat White…

  10. toddyarbroughjr says: Sep 7, 2010 8:43 PM

    This guy was drafted for pure speed to implement in the Wildcat. Unfortunately for him, the Wildcat isn’t something that took NFL defenses long to figure out as far as how to shut it down. Although Miami made this formation work wonders for them in 2008, no team since (including the Dolphins) has been able to have the success that they did with it. It’s just one of those things that worked so well because it was new and unexpected, but once teams had time to prepare for it, was ultimately useless. So now White is going to have to go back to the drawing board. Either bulk up this year and try for a comeback in 2011 (God willing we have football) or take another path, whether it be the CFL, UFL, or another sport all together.

  11. In & Out Burger says: Sep 7, 2010 8:43 PM

    I’d take him on the 49ers practice squad just to put the fear of god into Nate Davis some more. (Assuming Nate Davis will end up on the 49ers practice squad.)

  12. aec4 says: Sep 7, 2010 8:50 PM

    you’re the only person who has love for him..

  13. Cup says: Sep 7, 2010 8:53 PM

    I hate to say it, but it may be best for him to take off the shoulder pads and pick-up a bat because he has much more promise as a baseball player now than a football player.

  14. mekono says: Sep 7, 2010 8:53 PM

    Teams are more intersted in Pat Sajack.
    Pat’s best days ended at the Combine that year.

  15. boltswm23 says: Sep 7, 2010 8:56 PM

    Does that honestly shock you, Florio? I know you’re a ridiculous homer for a sub-par West Virginia and all, but still…

  16. BigBear123 says: Sep 7, 2010 8:56 PM

    The era of the running qb is just about done. Why hold a roster spot for a gimmick guy when RB’s can fill the wildcat role just fine – McCoy, LT, etc.
    Last years playoff teams – all pocket passers, although defense carried the Jesters.

  17. evilmajortom says: Sep 7, 2010 8:57 PM

    Give it up Florio, your boy is a bust.

  18. Cornerdenizen says: Sep 7, 2010 8:57 PM

    Man, thats an awesome headline! So cool! It makes the writer sound like such a tough guy. And objective too. You know, since he has some west virginia ties, I guess. But to say nobody wants Pat White is just so brave and tough and smart and cool. Man, today’s sportswriters are the bomb! Way cooler and tougher than athletes!

  19. edswood says: Sep 7, 2010 8:59 PM

    Mike Florio making another post on Pat White. Whats next, a bear shi**ing in the woods?

  20. DeluxeReverb says: Sep 7, 2010 9:00 PM

    Don’t say nobody, Mike Florio is interested in Pat White.

  21. jl says: Sep 7, 2010 9:05 PM

    Looking forward to the constant updates on his quest for Employee of the Month at Hardees.

  22. tombrookshire says: Sep 7, 2010 9:06 PM

    A lot of last year’s draftees are falling victim to the rich crop of the 2o1o draft class. Many formerly high picks in a weak draft class are now excess baggage as this talented class is supplanting them in droves.

  23. swervinmervin says: Sep 7, 2010 9:07 PM

    The kid can play. NFL GMs and scouts also thought Warren Moon couldnt play in the NFL. Come on. White is a better pure QB than Tebow will ever be. Yet Tebow is the most popular player in the league despite the fact that he sucks…. Hmmmm….

  24. ArtModellsPimp says: Sep 7, 2010 9:08 PM

    Hire him, Florio. He can’t spell any worse than Rosenthal does.

  25. sniperhare says: Sep 7, 2010 9:09 PM

    He should try out for WR on one of the UFL teams.

  26. superb owl says: Sep 7, 2010 9:11 PM

    what does it say when a couple of RBs ran the wildcat down there better than he could

  27. DirtDawg55 says: Sep 7, 2010 9:13 PM

    It was shocking he was picked at 44, not that he has fallen from it. Never should have been picked that high. Guy looks rail thin for a WR, never mind a QB. Was picked to run the Wildcat, otherwise known as ” the scheme bad teams run to compensate for an inability to regularly move the chains the way good teams do”.

  28. TheToolofTools says: Sep 7, 2010 9:14 PM

    He needs to stay in shape and stay positive.
    Unless this guy is a bad team mate or a head case he will find work.
    He’ll be ok.
    Keep your head up Pat.
    God has bigger plans for you.
    I’m not even a Phins or WVU fan either.
    I just know.

  29. kosarsmyidol says: Sep 7, 2010 9:17 PM

    # Wellsee says: September 7, 2010 8:42 PM
    “Maybe he can write for PFT. He is a college grad, after all.”
    Rosenthal’s GED no longer cutting it?

  30. RexR#1 says: Sep 7, 2010 9:17 PM

    perfect for cfl

  31. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Sep 7, 2010 9:20 PM

    My daughter’s tennis team has an assistant gatoraide-boy position open. That’s the only offer he will get.
    His best chance for anything, is to go to the CFL and tear it up for a few years. AKA Doug Flutie and Moon. But I don’t think even they will want him.

  32. Wonderlicker says: Sep 7, 2010 9:25 PM

    It’s not that he’s a bust – it’s more that he should never have been drafted in the first place. Undrafted FA rookies are better than White for the pro game.

  33. JaggedMark says: Sep 7, 2010 9:26 PM

    He’s better than Matt Leinart

  34. southFLAsteel says: Sep 7, 2010 9:32 PM

    Well, at least he’ll have his memories……………………………………….. like getting absolutely BLOWED UP and KNOCKED THE F*CK OUT by the STEELER D!!!!
    GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. rickvaldez says: Sep 7, 2010 9:40 PM

    evilmajortom says:
    September 7, 2010 8:57 PM
    Give it up Florio, your boy is a bust.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Really? A bust? Noone said he would be a great pocket passer. Miami knew what they were getting when they drafted White. He had a nice college career, free education and gets drafted to the NFL. Gets $2.4 million guaranteed and you call him a bust. Tell us again what you do?????

  36. Philly99 says: Sep 7, 2010 9:44 PM

    He has two choices; play receiver or play baseball.

  37. KingJoe! says: Sep 7, 2010 9:55 PM

    The Eagles will sign him, they need to replace Vick after this season.

  38. Blackn'Gold says: Sep 7, 2010 9:57 PM

    I think he should be patient. As the season goes, quarterbacks are going to be injured and the quarterback depth is thin. A team may bring him in? His agent should remind teams that he is available. Hey, we all remember one Superbowl quarterback that was working in the grocery store before he was called up. It ain’t over till it’s over.
    GO STEELERS!

  39. mwcarolina says: Sep 7, 2010 9:58 PM

    i wouldnt mind my team taking a shot at him as a project quarterback.

  40. andyprough says: Sep 7, 2010 9:58 PM

    Great athletes like Pat White have no place in the No Fun League. As long as:
    – As long as you have to be 6 foot 5 or above to see over all your big, fat linemen, and have to weigh at least 230 to absorb all the hits from the fact that none of your big, fat linemen are able to move fast enough to pass protect
    – As long as all NFL coaches come from one of only 3 or 4 totally stupid coaching trees, that have no idea how to game plan a motion offense the plays don’t diagram nicely onto a chalkboard
    NFL coaches and scouts are so myopic, they think there is only one way to run an offense. No one even knows how to run the famous “Notre Dame box” formation of Knute Rockne’s “four horsemen” days, when he won 3-straight national titles. Green Bay used it, and won another 3 NFL titles with it. The playbooks and the knowledge is lost on how to run that system, which required four capable ball handlers – but ancient players were putting up modern offensive numbers in the system. For instance, in 1942, Green Bay’s Cecil Isbell passed for 2,021 yards and 24 TD’s in an 11-game season, and receiver Don Hutson caught 1,211 yards worth of passes for 17 TD’s – in those same 11 games. Those same stats today in a 16 game season would have given Hutson 1,761 yards and 24 TD’s.
    However, NFL coaches and scouts have no idea how to handle real NFL talent. Bill Cowher came the closest, in that he was able to employ college qb’s Kordell Stewart, Hines Ward and Randle El in multiple option trick-play formations, and was able to get each one to play multiple positions at a relatively high level of skill.
    If you want to know why Pat White can’t find a job in the No Fun League – just look at why Charlie Ward couldn’t stay employed there. NFL coaches and scouting departments have no clue what to do with pure athletic talent. If you don’t fit in one of their tidy little “boxes” as a specialist, you have no chance.

  41. quadya says: Sep 7, 2010 10:05 PM

    In the end, versatility could be White’s best bet for having an NFL career — assuming White still wants one.
    his versatility was always his “only” shot of having an NFL career. if you ask me i think the hit he took against the steelers last year was a wake up call for him. tough guy but not NFL tough. Playing in the slot is probably his only chance of getting on the field. can he catch the ball? My bet is he plays baseball.

  42. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 10:10 PM

    I still think he’s a foolish young man. Most of the players cut over the weekend are having to face the reality that their NFL careers are over. Now they have to figure out what to do with themselves during a recession with near double-digit unemployment. White was given an opportunity to continue his NFL dream by training for another position. His stubborn refusal to consider his options shows that he has an unrealistic view of his own talents and the world at large. Perhaps he can follow in Warren Moon and Doug Flutie’s footsteps. But that’s a big gamble in these difficult times.

  43. VonClausewitz says: Sep 7, 2010 10:11 PM

    The Titans will pick him up. Fisher knows how to use guys like him.

  44. 41 Bottles of Coors Light says: Sep 7, 2010 10:12 PM

    If no one is interested in White, does that mean that this is the last PFT article about him? Please football gods let it be so!

  45. Late Night Roach says: Sep 7, 2010 10:29 PM

    There is no surprise whatsoever that no team is interested in him. He looked absolutely horrible last year and the NFL is definitely out of his league.

  46. Bee Cee says: Sep 7, 2010 10:30 PM

    All the sports writers in here seem to know it all.. Who is good . Who is great.
    The classy player got 12 snaps all preseason if that.
    He will be picked up eventually because every team needs a player with character that has his running ability. The Steelers and Bengals could use him just for the integrity lift.

  47. KA24 says: Sep 7, 2010 10:47 PM

    The problem isn’t the Wildcat or his lack of ability to fit in that system. It DOES have a place in the NFL, and White could easily turn things around. However, it’s much tougher when you are about 5’10 and a buck-seventy. Unless he develops some WR skills, he won’t make it because a guy of that size can’t be relied on to run the football in the NFL.

  48. WhoDey_Man says: Sep 7, 2010 11:11 PM

    bee cee- we’ve got plaenty of integrity. comes from our coaching staff. and seriously, the “bengals are a bunch of criminal scum” jokes are about five years stale. good god get some new material dane cook.

  49. VegasChris says: Sep 7, 2010 11:17 PM

    I had to quit football because Mike Florio was stalking me. – Pat White.

  50. SeaOtter says: Sep 7, 2010 11:32 PM

    People keep talking CFL, but even in the CFL, the smaller, running QB seems to be going out of style in favour of more conventional guys with a strong arm and a quick release. Anthony Calvillo of the Montreal Alouettes is the CFL’s best QB right now, and he has all the mobility of a pregnant mongoose.

  51. Nosredna says: Sep 7, 2010 11:40 PM

    ….and here we have Mike Florio……biggest ASS(uming) blogger in the bunch!

  52. Cake Or Death says: Sep 7, 2010 11:44 PM

    For one thing, he’s frail. Did you see that hit he took last year? I’d feel more comfortable with Betty White behind center.

  53. realitypolice says: Sep 7, 2010 11:51 PM

    Baseball players make more money, have longer careers, and suffer far fewer long term debilitating injuries. White should run, not walk, away from the NFL right now.

  54. NOVA says: Sep 7, 2010 11:55 PM

    Can anyone say Antwan Randle El? He’s done pretty well in the league

  55. realitypolice says: Sep 7, 2010 11:59 PM

    Deb says:
    September 7, 2010 10:10 PM
    I still think he’s a foolish young man. Most of the players cut over the weekend are having to face the reality that their NFL careers are over. Now they have to figure out what to do with themselves during a recession with near double-digit unemployment. White was given an opportunity to continue his NFL dream by training for another position. His stubborn refusal to consider his options shows that he has an unrealistic view of his own talents and the world at large. Perhaps he can follow in Warren Moon and Doug Flutie’s footsteps. But that’s a big gamble in these difficult times.
    ==============================
    That’s a little harsh Deb. Maybe he felt he didn’t need to compromise on his NFL QB dream because he is a little different than most college QB’s who are pushed to change position.
    Most of them, you see, weren’t drafted and offered a large signing bonus by the New York Yankees.
    So he had that going for him, which is nice.

  56. ttommytom says: Sep 8, 2010 12:23 AM

    All jokes aside, this Rosenthal dude needs to get married so someone will edit his garbage. Kind of beyond jokes and on the pathetic side.
    I almost went to Tulane to play baseball. Thank goodness I didn’t. How could I have ever helped my grade school kids with their homework?

  57. william sizemore says: Sep 8, 2010 12:23 AM

    TAPS. Bill

  58. YP2K says: Sep 8, 2010 1:08 AM

    Michael Vick is in the NFL and Pat White isn’t. That has to make Florio sick to his stomach . . .

  59. Jon Snow says: Sep 8, 2010 1:12 AM

    Tebow takes craps that are bigger than Pat White.

  60. kingaling says: Sep 8, 2010 1:33 AM

    “It’s a stunning fall for the 44th overall pick in the 2009 draft”….. Really Florio? The only thing about this that’s stunning is he was the 44th overall pick.

  61. We need linemen says: Sep 8, 2010 5:11 AM

    White is Mike Vick Lite. Think back 6-years and Vick was “about” to redefine the position. It didn’t happen. Even with Vick’s uncanny athleticism, being really short and unable to read defences just doesn’t work in the NFL.
    White hasn’t shown anything yet. Unless the Dolphins get a rash of injuries, no one will give him a shot at QB. He doesn’t have the experience to make it another position this year. There is no chance he’ll make it on to a 53-man roster. If he did, it would be at the butt end, where he would need to contribute to special teams.
    He’d be better off giving baseball a shot.

  62. Bwa Ha Ha says: Sep 8, 2010 6:17 AM

    I know the feeling, my insistence of playing wingback has caused my NFL career to go on hold for 45 years now. I wish some team would dial up that telephone gadget, I would consider playing a different position, maybe one of the newer fangled ones.

  63. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Sep 8, 2010 6:24 AM

    I think I get what WV Mike is saying…
    Black man can’t succeed in todays NFL.
    WHite man, like Bad Tebow, he is gonna be given the starting job while being worse.
    Easy subtext, fits the narrative, gets page views and is in line with NBC’s corporate branding.

  64. red4skins says: Sep 8, 2010 7:10 AM

    I know him. he’s a great person. I wish him nothing but the best.
    on a different note, the dolphins stole that pick from vinny cerrato in the jason i’mlator deal, so the experiment was relatively cheap.

  65. rasalas says: Sep 8, 2010 9:22 AM

    “said one league source whose responsibilities include the selection of free agents.”
    Finally! That’s how you cite an anonymous source, Florio — by giving the reader an indication of why his comments are authoritative even if you can’t identify him. It’s only been missing from your writing for how many years?

  66. Deb says: Sep 8, 2010 10:55 AM

    @realitypolice …
    Wasn’t trying to be harsh. I’m a dreamer but with a big streak of practical. He’s not wanted as a QB in the NFL, which is why he’s without a team. But he has an offer to convert to wideout and keep his dreams alive. I don’t follow baseball, but if he has that fallback, it makes a HUGE difference, of course–assuming he’d prefer to play baseball.
    @Bee Cee …
    Where on earth did you get the idea that the Steelers need a QB with running ability???? We have one more of those than we need now. As far as character is concerned, no one but God really knows what’s in another man’s heart.

  67. Raiders757 says: Sep 8, 2010 3:20 PM

    neilp says: September 7, 2010 8:38 PM
    How long will it be before NFL teams realize these option type qb’s are not going to make it in the NFL as quarterbacks.
    —————————————
    We have Kordell Stewart, and Mike Vick to thank for this failure of an idea. True pocket passers are always going to be the better QB’s and go further in the NFL. Sadly at the college level, these types of QB’s work, so I believe that the NCAA has to take some blame as well.

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