DE White joins team

Steve White, a 6-2, 275-pound defensive end from Tennessee, enjoyed his best season in 2001 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he played in all 16 regular season games at defensive end, making one start and posting career-highs in tackles (44) and sacks, five.

Additionally, White has improved on his tackle totals in each of the past three seasons (28 in 1999, 42 in 2000 and 44 in 2001) and will be re-united with New York Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards, who served as the Bucs' assistant head coach/secondary coach from 1996-2000.

"The thing that really jumps out about Steve White when you watch him play is his ability to play hard on every play and that he has a great motor," said Edwards. "He plays very well against the run and he's a smart player. He's the kind of player who gets around the quarterback even though his sack total might not show it. He's the kind of guy you like having on your team and he brings the intensity and speed that you need out of your defensive linemen."

"Steve is the type of player who works hard on every play, gives maximum effort and gets up the field very quickly," said Jets' Defensive Line Coach Rubin Carter. "He is good at shedding blockers and getting away from the offensive linemen and disrupting the play in the backfield."

White will be entering his seventh NFL season in 2002. A veteran of 79 regular season games and 15 starts, White has registered 153 tackles, 11 sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

"I'm the kind of player who shows up every weekend and on every play," White said when asked to describe his style of play. "I believe in playing at an intense level, which I think is necessary to play in the NFL. I bring a lot of fire and desire. Coming from a strong defense like we had in Tampa, I thing I can add something as far as leadership goes to a line that has some young guys on it."

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