Devin White makes a remark that could raise eyebrows in the league office

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Nearly a decade after the Saints’ bounty scandal gave the NFL an opportunity to show that player health and safety has become a major priority (as long as the full extent of the cultural realities of bounties throughout the league was never fully explored), a much less problematic version of the controversy accidentally emerged on Monday.

Via JoeBucsFan.com, Buccaneers linebacker Devin White explained a competition with fellow Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David when it comes to making significant plays.

“[I]t’s always that mentality like, ‘Beat me to the ball. Get more tackles than me. Let’s see who can come up with the biggest play first. You know, whoever come up with the biggest play that person gotta pay the other person $1,000.’ Just little stuff that I’m able to throw into our game to make it more interesting, as well.”

The payment aspect approaches the third rail that got the Saints in so much trouble in early 2012. While the payment is made between a pair of players and apparently not organized or sanctioned by the team, it’s a practice that easily could spread to more players and, eventually, become part of the fabric of the Tampa Bay defense.

The slope quickly gets slippery, for other reasons. What constitutes the “biggest play”? An interception, a touchdown? A sack?

A clean, legal hit that knocks an opponent out of the game?

Again, this is far cry from the bounty programs that multiple teams administered before the NFL pulled the plug by making an extreme example out of the Saints. However, now that it’s come to light, the smart move for the Bucs would be to tell them to shut it down or, at a minimum, to quit talking about it.

23 responses to “Devin White makes a remark that could raise eyebrows in the league office

  1. Meh. Big deal. But, this day and age, surely teams have a PR program that encourages players not to say things like this.

  2. Do you expect a bunch of alpha males in their 20s making 7 figure salaries to not throw down some cash on things? Everyone does this. Even at the college level.

  3. icouldcareless says:
    February 2, 2021 at 10:25 am
    So now we’re trying to create controversies out of thin air is that it? Unreal
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    Tell that to the Saints.

  4. They should have a pool every week. Each player on the tam contributes $100 and who ever is determined to have made the “play of the game” gets to choose a charity to donate the money to. No personal gain comes out of it and it benefits a good cause. Like maybe a fund to help former players.

  5. Your business is not everybody business
    Pull a Marshawn when somebody ask you a question just say I’m just hear so I won’t get fined,,,concentrate on your game and not fonder for social media,,,

  6. yourpoliticalpartyistheproblem says:
    February 2, 2021 at 10:42 am
    icouldcareless says:
    February 2, 2021 at 10:25 am
    So now we’re trying to create controversies out of thin air is that it? Unreal
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    Tell that to the Saints.

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    I must have missed the part where White is promoting injuring opposing players….

  7. Using the logic of this article, you could argue that paying the players is type of bounty since guys who make the most plays get bigger contracts.

  8. After all this time, you still are missing the point.

    The Saints situation was that the money being thrown into the pool was coming from outside the locker room.

    That’s what made it different.

  9. This is a total non-story. QBs have oftentimes rewarded their offensive lines with lavish dinners and expensive gifts for protecting them and not letting them get sacked. I have never heard anyone voice a concern that said offensive linemen might cross the line and attempt to injure the defensive linemen in pursuit of an expensive dinner or a Rolex from their QB. Players are always talking about trying to make a big play. If they compete among themselves that is fine. Until players started defining the big play as injuring the opponent, there is no story.

  10. Saints bounty program? And what proof was ever provided that one actually existed… oh yea, that ledger that Roger Goodell said he’d release “any day now” (we are still waiting)… and what did you say in the article, “nearly a decade ago?” Yeah.. so, nearly 10 years later.. a ledger that was never released. The only punishment meted out was suspending a coach with an opioid addiction who was threatened by the league if he fought the bounty allegations…. which were all started by a disgruntled former employee who went to the NFL office with “information in return for a job”.

    I realize that this is a boring week leading up to the Super Bowl because of the COVID restrictions.. but don’t try to stir up crap just to get clicks.

  11. I remember Mike Ditka reaching into his pocket on the sidelines during a Saints @ Oakland game peeling off Benjamins paying off an assistant coach on a bet. True story. It’s on film somewhere

  12. He said it’s a mentality like, not that there is a deal. Nothing to see here. Non-story.

  13. People are encouraging each other to play better for the sake of simply PLAYING BETTER. In case you didn’t realize it up until now: that’s a good thing.
    At least for the players.
    And the teams.
    And the League.
    And the fans.

  14. Can PFT please refrain from talking about what it hopes to become an issue, prior to there being any reported interest in an investigation by the NFL? Why is PFT trying to manufacture news? Relating this comment to Bountygate is extremely irresponsible: Bountygate was problematic primarily due to encouraging and rewarding injury of opposing players and secondarily due to the payments being organized and contributed to at the coaching level. That second part is an issue due to it approaching a team-sanctioned unofficial bonus system that would circumvent the salary cap (especially if the team secretly laundered the money for bounties through the coaching staff). This quote shares a common NFL practice that amounts to a private transaction between two players, something that isn’t against the rules. In additional, no reasonable football fan would define a “big play” as one that causes injury, so absent explicit evidence that the players at hand did include such plays it should be assumed that such was not the case. Geez.

  15. mogogo1 says:

    February 2, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Using the logic of this article, you could argue that paying the players is type of bounty since guys who make the most plays get bigger contracts.
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    Perfect.

  16. on thing you have to remember is, he makes 8M a year so betting $1,000 is like a guy making 75K a year betting $10.

  17. Just look up the “Smash for Cash” program from the 90s that the NFL signed off on to see if “Bountygate” was a sham or not.

    Also if you notice the NFL has no problem now that the concussion lawsuits have more or less been put to bed with allowing severely concussed players rush back to make playoff games.

    If they were truly concerned there would be a mandatory time off for concussions instead of relying on team doctors to clear players.

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