General manager Brandon Beane said back in March that at the right time a deal will be struck on a new contract for Tre'Davious White. That time is apparently now.
Buffalo and the All-Pro cornerback reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension locking up the lockdown coverman through 2025.
To say that White earned a significant second contract would be an understatement. From the time he secured a starting job in his rookie season with the Bills and had a major impact in Buffalo victories in 2017 (See: Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Kansas City) to making his first Pro Bowl, being named All-Pro and tying for the league lead in interceptions and not surrendering a touchdown this past season, White has done it all in his young career.
In his 47 career games played, White has 43 pass breakups, 12 interceptions and three forced fumbles.
When asked about the prospect of signing a long-term deal last month, White, like Beane, said it would happen when everything lined up.
"Whenever the time is right and whenever the numbers are right or when I feel comfortable with where it's at for what I feel that I'm worth, then that's when it's going to be," he said. "I'm not negotiating out of desperation because I'm good at managing my money. I'm good at doing the things that I need to do to be responsible with my finances so I'm not hurting for money. I know what I'm worth."
The Shreveport, Louisiana native also spoke on how he already has a plan for his newfound wealth with an aim to help his family.
"I want to be in a position where I can break the cycle for my family and break the curse and have some generational wealth and be able to take care of my family and my kids so they can have the things that I didn't have growing up and be able to have some advantages too just economically and schooling too," White said.
"Just setting up businesses for my family and employ my own people. So it's definitely that aspect that I think about because I've got a lot of people in my family who are not economically in the situation that I would want them to be. So with me being able to get a contract and be able to start my own businesses and being able to employ my own people without just handing them money – I feel like that's a big deal and I think that's the main thing I want to do."
It was clear that Buffalo had no intentions of letting White reach free agency. The club had already signed the cornerback to a fifth-year option this past April. The last time the Bills exercised the fifth-year option on a cornerback was when they made use of it on Stephon Gilmore.
Beane had stated on more than one occasion the team's desire to get the elite corner signed long term.
"Tre' is a guy we love and we definitely want him to be here as a Buffalo Bill for a long time," Beane said back in April.
White joins draft classmate, Dion Dawkins, as young cornerstone players who have been signed to multi-year extensions in the run-up to the 2020 season.