Tre’Davious White Will Not Opt Out in 2020

Tre'Davious White

Tre’Davious White will play in 2020.

Despite concerns with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl cornerback confirmed on Thursday that he will not opt out on the coming season. This is according to Chris Mortensen who initially reported on the news.

Over the past few days, White indicated that he was considering opting out of the 2020 season. On July 24, the NFLPA reached an agreement with the NFL with respect to players deciding to not participate in the coming season due to the current situation.

In White’s case, it’s personal. A family member of his contracted COVID-19 and succumbed to the virus. Despite that, there was a small yet vocal element of the Bills fanbase that criticized him for even considering opting out of the season as evidenced by the following Twitter post.

White is coming off a 2019 campaign that saw him continue to emerge as one of the best shutdown corners in football. His six interceptions were tied with former Bills corner Stephon Gilmore and Minnesota Vikings defensive back Anthony Harris for most in the league. It led to him earning Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro Honors for the first time in his career.

Deciding to play this season certainly bodes well for the Bills prospects in 2020. With Tom Brady‘s move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the hope that Josh Allen will continue to develop, Buffalo is commonly looked at as a favorite to win the AFC East for the first time in 25 years. And Tre’Davious White is part of an elite defensive unit that allowed 16.2 points per game in 2019 which were the second-fewest in the league. He comprises a highly talented secondary that also includes players such as Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, Levi Wallace, and off-season signing Josh Norman.

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