According to a report, the Buffalo Bills exercise the fifth year option on cornerback Tre’Davious White.
The night before the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills made sure their star cornerback would be with the franchise at least through the 2021 season. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Bills exercised the fifth-year option on Tre’Davious White‘s contract.
The Bills selected Tre’Davious White in the 2017 NFL Draft with the 27th overall pick, which was acquired when they traded back from 10th in a trade with Kansas City Chiefs. This was the first year under Sean McDermott and the team needed to fill the need left with the departure of Stephon Gilmore in free agency that offseason.
There is no question that the team got a great player with the selection of Tre’Davious White as he has continually developed into a lockdown corner. This past season he really broke out and was tied for the league lead in interceptions with six. He was named to the Pro Bowl as well as named a first-team All-Pro.
White has been a key part of the Bills secondary that has ranked near the top in passing yards allowed over the past two seasons, ranking first in 2018 with only 175.2 passing yards allowed and fourth this past season with only 195.2 passing yards allowed.
As Field Yates notes in his tweet, this is a no-brainer for the Buffalo Bills. However, there work should not stop with just exercising the fifth-year option. While this is good, the front office should continue to work towards a long-term deal for Tre’Davious White.
The Bills now have two of their starting secondary players locked up at least for the next two years with Jordan Poyer agreeing to a two-year extension last month. This has been the strength of the Bills defense and should remain that way for the next few years.