The Facts: The Bears declined to exercise their fifth-year option on White's contract this offseason in a move that couldn’t have taken anyone by surprise. In a series of short answers to questions from reporters on Wednesday, White shrugged off the decision. “I’m motivated every single day, with or without the option. ... Don’t know [if the Bears believe in me],” White said. “Really doesn’t bother me at all. I believe in myself.”
Diehards Line: Injuries have limited White to five games since being drafted seventh overall in the 2015 draft and the option is guaranteed in the case of injury, which makes for too much risk for a player who hasn’t shown he can actually help the team on the field. White added that he’s “built Ford tough” in response to a question about what he’s learned about himself over the last three years and that “anything I want” is possible during the 2018 season. According to an observer at OTAs, White does look better — as in faster and more explosive — than he did during OTAs last year. As he said, returning from a broken shoulder blade is significantly different than coming back from a second major surgery on your lower left leg. But White is in his fourth season. It’s time for him to play with the same edge and attitude he showed the media after practice.