For the second straight season, the Chicago Bears will decline the fifth-year option of their former first-round pick.
The decision to decline the option was among the most obvious choices of the Bears' offseason. White has played in just five games in his career due to injury. The fifth year on his deal would have been worth $13.9 million, guaranteed for injury. Five games for $13 million aren't numbers that mesh.
In most cases, teams picking up the fifth-year option is a safe move as clubs can get out of the contract scot-free barring a devastating injury. With White's history, it was clear Chicago couldn't take that chance.
White's size, athleticism and run-after-catch ability enticed the Bears to use the No. 7 overall pick on the West Virginia product. Injuries wiped out his entire rookie season, and he's been on the sideline for all but a handful of games. The 25-year-old compiled 21 receptions for 193 yards and zero touchdowns in his three-year career.
Last year, the Bears declined corner Kyle Fuller's fifth-year option. After making a big leap in 2017, Fuller earned a multiyear deal a season earlier than if Chicago had exercised the option. Fuller was coming off a year-long injury at that time the Bears declined the fifth season. White now hopes to follow in Fuller's footsteps. Given his meager contributions through three years, the Bears would be thrilled if the wideout just stayed healthy throughout 2018.