Should the Green Bay Packers trade for Devin White?

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Green Bay Packers fans may remember Devin White from his dominant performance against them in 2020.

White made 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, and two quarterback hits in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' crushing 38-10 win over the Packers that season.

Now, White could be available.

According to ESPN's Jenna Laine, White has requested a trade from the Buccaneers. Laine reports that White has been "increasingly frustrated" and is "fed up."

White is a former first-round pick, second-team All-Pro, Pro Bowler, and Super Bowl champion, and he's only 25 years old. But the Packers shouldn't trade for him.

Why the Packers shouldn't trade for Devin White

Devin White is a talented player and could help just about any defense. But there are a couple of reasons why the Packers shouldn't make a trade offer for the former Pro Bowler.

The first is his contract.

According to Laine, "White's frustrations stem from negotiations over a new contract." The Packers aren't in any position to hand White a huge multi-year contract.

In the meantime, the Packers would need to accommodate his current deal, which has one year remaining. The Bucs picked up White's fifth-year option. According to Spotrac, White's cap hit in 2023 is $11.71 million.

It's not just the financial side of a potential trade, either.

The Packers have already invested a lot at inside linebacker. Last offseason, they signed first-team All-Pro De'Vondre Campbell to a five-year, $50 million extension. Green Bay then selected Quay Walker with the 22nd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Add in White, and which inside linebacker misses out on a starting role?

Green Bay would have to give up draft picks and pay White on a new deal. The team would then have invested two big contracts and a first-round pick at inside linebacker, which is not a premium position.

With other areas of need like edge rusher, defensive tackle, and safety, the Packers should use their limited resources to improve at other positions.

The Packers simply have far too many other priorities and not enough cap space to make a trade for Devin White work.

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