Report: Buccaneers one of the teams interested in James White

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The Patriots have been the story of the free agency negotiating period, with the club making several splash moves.

But one of New England’s own free agents could be on the move to play with a familiar face.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, James White has several teams after him — including the Buccaneers.

White was one of the key figures in the Patriots comeback victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, recording 139 yards from scrimmage and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Quarterback Tom Brady was named MVP for that game, but said White deserved the truck that came with the award.

Now Brady and White could be teammates again, as Brady looks to win his eighth Super Bowl in 2021.

In seven seasons with the Patriots, White has 3,184 yards rushing and 25 rushing touchdowns, along with 309 receptions for 1,240 yards with 10 TDs. He recorded 496 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in 2020.

13 responses to “Report: Buccaneers one of the teams interested in James White

  1. If James doesn’t come back to the Patriots, I hope he goes to Tampa Bay to reunite with Brady or goes to Miami to go play for Brian Flores. He’ll be in Florida, which makes him close to his mom after his dad died in a car crash last year.

  2. Hate to see him go- great teammate and player , never complains, wish him well either way like 516 said, itd be good for him to be close to his moms, sure she needs him now more than ever

  3. James White might be the most underrated pass catcher in the league. With the Patriots run-heavy offense last year (and looking to lean even more that way this season) White’s opportunities were far less often. He used to flourish on short passes to the flat on 3rd downs, but with Cam at QB that’s just not part of the game plan. As a 25+ year Patriots fan I put White up there with Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk when it comes to just the ability to make clutch plays when they matter.

    White would be smart to sign elsewhere at this point, and it just makes sense to reunite with a guy like Brady who truly appreciated him and has the timing down with him on those passes on third and short. Best of luck James no matter where you land.

  4. James White would be an upgrade over Shady McCoy. White could also be an option if the Bucs lose Fournette. It would be a win, win for the Bucs.

  5. Running back by committee can work if you do it right. For less than the price of one workhorse back, you can have 3 with slightly different skill sets, giving them the versitilty to use each a little differently. Plus an injury to one doesn’t cripple the run game. If White leaves, he is more easily replaced than a star RB.

  6. When I watch old game highlights on YouTube, one of the names your hear the most is “James White, James White”. He made a lot of great plays for the Patriots.

  7. he’s got a knack for making a big play (usually a big catch) when you need it most.

  8. I’m a huge fan of James White and I was disappointed that in 2020 he wasn’t used to his ability. Brady really knew how to use him and you could do an exciting highlight reel of just Brady/White plays. If White doesn’t stay with the Patriots, I hope he goes to the Bucs.

  9. I was disappointed that in 2020 he wasn’t used to his ability.


    To use his ability, his QB must be able to throw the balls during the early part of throwing windows.

    Only Brady has the skill to do it, not even Peyton or Rodgers or Mahomes can do it.

  10. The guy is money in the bank as a 3rd down back and totally in sync w Brady. RoJo, White and Fournette would be a formidable backfield.

  11. If we sign these luxuries at tight end and allow this guy to go, it would be like buying a Porsche but not paying the mortgage. What is BB doing???

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