Bucs Lose DE White to the Jets

March 7 – The New York Jets signed Tampa Bay Buccaneers free agent DE Steve White to a multi-year contract on Thursday. White is the fourth Bucs free agent to walk the Pewter Pirates plank since March 1.

Tampa Bay lost defensive depth on Thursday when defensive end Steve White signed a multi-year contract with the New York Jets.

White, 29, will enter his seventh year in the NFL out of the University of Tennessee. White was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 1996, but was cut in preseason and then signed with the Buccaneers.

White will be reunited with Jets head coach Herm Edwards, who was Tampa Bay's secondary coach during all but one of White's six seasons with the Pewter Pirates.

White (6-2, 271) was Tampa Bay's starting defensive end in 1999, but lost his job to DE Marcus Jones in 2000. White did, however, see plenty of action as he filled in for both Jones and DE Simeon Rice last season.

White made his biggest impact with the Buccaneers during the team's 1999 playoff run. In their 1999 Divisional Playoff Game against Washington, White sacked and caused then Redskins QB Brad Johnson to fumble in the fourth quarter, which led to Tampa Bay's game-winning touchdown drive. On the first offensive play of the 1999 NFC Championship Game, White batted a Rams QB Kurt Warner pass attempt into the air and intercepted it.

Tampa Bay has now lost four of their free agents since the free agency period started on Mar. 1.

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