Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White told the media during a virtual press conference on Wednesday that he is “still undecided” about playing in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With young kids at home, he says he needs to talk it over with his “old lady” before making the decision.
“No matter what, my family is going to come first,” said White.
White and the rest of the players in the NFL have until 4 PM Eastern on Thursday to opt out of the season. With roughly one day remaining until his decision looms, he probably has some sort of idea what his plan is, especially since he’s been in the building for two entire days this week. He said he wanted to get into the building to see the plan and the details of the changes before making his decision.
“Tre’Davious White says family will always come first,” summarized Jon Scott of Spectrum News. “Thinks about not wanting to put young kids at risk. Doesn’t want burden on kids mom to take care of them majority of time with other family not able to come to Buffalo to help.”
Many reporters noted how conflicted White actually sounded. Sal Maiorana of the Democrat and Chronicle even said, “It sure sounds like he’s leaning toward opting out.” White did not attend workout in Washington D.C. this offseason to avoid flying during the pandemic.
Tre'Davious White says he's still undecided on whether or not he will play this season.— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) August 5, 2020
Family is THE reason why.
"I'm always putting my kids first."
Hear the thought process of the #Bills CB pic.twitter.com/fGxFC5l7hw
White, who also spoke of his coming contract, notes he isn’t negotiating in desperation mode and that he has plenty of money. This could be a negotiations tactic to get the Bills to agree to a “generational wealth” contract before the coronavirus opt out deadline. That was an idea floated by the owners ahead of the NFL/NFLPA agreement as a reason for shortening the opt out window.
Buffalo has two plays on the opt-out list to this point; DT Star Loutlelei and CB E.J. Gaines. If White opts out, it will leave Josh Norman and Levi Wallace as the starting cornerbacks with unproven depth behind them.