They’re just not going to spend that much money on those hopes.
According to Mike Garofolo of the NFL Network, the Bears won’t be picking up the wide receiver’s $13.9 million option for 2019.
That seems like a prudent move, since White has mostly been injured, and injury is the only thing the option is guaranteed for.
The former No. 7 overall pick has played five of a possible 48 games in his three pro seasons, and the Bears stacked in options at the position over him this year. They’ll still give him a chance to contribute, but he’s now in the mix with free agent pickups Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and second-round pick Anthony Miller.
If White somehow stays healthy and has a breakout season, he could cash in as a free agent next spring, but there’s little reason to expect that.