Bucs Coach Uses Taylor Swift Reference When Discussing Devin White’s Trade Request

Devin White

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It wasn’t all that long ago when Devin White requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He’s arguably one of the best linebackers in the league and the franchise could probably receive a solid package for him.

Despite that, Tampa Bay doesn’t seem too keen on the idea of trading away Devin White. Especially considering one Buccaneers coach thinks White is doing just fine as he is.

So much so, that the coach used a Taylor Swift reference to describe White’s situation.

According to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times, “Devin White’s demand to be traded by the Bucs because of his dissatisfaction with his contract are ‘champagne problems,’ according to the team’s co-defensive coordinator.”

Larry Foote, the coach in question, explains why he believes White’s reason for a trade request is “champagne problems.”

“Well, he’s not going to be the first and he’s not going to be the last. We know that. Like I told him, he gets paid $11 million this year. Those are champagne problems.”

Whether Foote knows he made a Taylor Swift reference or not is beyond the point. Basically, the Buccaneers’ co-defensive coordinator thinks there are bigger fish to fry when someone’s issue is a contract paying that amount of money.

Very clearly not the same “problems” Taylor Swift was having in her hit song.

On a serious note, Devin White is seeking a rather large contract. Which makes sense due to how consistently great he’s been since his rookie year.

“White reportedly is seeking a contract similar to that of [Baltimore] Ravens’ inside linebacker Roquan Smith, who signed a five-year, $100 million contract extension in January,” per Stroud.

With that said, this is certainly a situation to monitor. For now, it’s up in the air whether Devin White will play for the Buccaneers next season or not.