The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are exercising their 5th-year option on Pro Bowler Devin White

January 16, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) reacts to a first-half platy against the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC wild card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are confident they want two more seasons in Devin White’s business after exercising his fifth-year team option a year before need.

White finished only his third year in the league in 2021, but the 24-year-old proved his service to the franchise with a stellar season that earned him his first NFL Pro Bowl honors. The LSU product started all 17 games for the Bucs as he had 128 combined tackles — 87 of them solo — 3.5 sacks and 18 QB hits. He led the team in duels.

Bucs is exercising the fifth-year option on Devin White

Pewterreport.com was first to report on Friday that the team would be making the move well in advance, picking up their young star’s fifth-year option before he even begins training camp for his fourth year in the league. The linebacker is expected to make $11.374 million in the final year of his rookie deal (via Overthecap.com).

The fifth overall pick of the 2019 draft has 359 tackles, one interception, 15 sacks, 30 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and two touchdowns in the 45 games he played in the NFL.

White was some of the good news for the franchise this offseason when franchise quarterback Tom Brady decided to forgo another year with the team and retire. Last week there were reports of friction between head coach Bruce Arians and Brady last season, and future Hall-of-Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski has expressed his desire to play with the Cincinnati Bengals and star QB Joe Burrow.

Tom Brady and Bruce Arians' relationship reportedly took a turn for the worse in 2021