Sal Maiorana, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Published 1:46 p.m. ET Aug. 5, 2020 | Updated 1:47 p.m. ET Aug. 5, 2020
Tremaine Edmunds talks about the Bills defense and why he is playing this year.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The more Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White spoke via Zoom Wednesday, the more it became unclear whether he would play in the 2020 NFL season.
“I’ve got until tomorrow,” White said. “But, you know, I just wanted to come in and kind of see like how it was going to go, how the season was gonna go as far as like moving around in the locker rooms, how the day to day operation is. At the end of the day, no matter what, my family is always going to come first. My kids are always going to come first.”
White has very obvious concerns about putting his wife and two young children in harm’s way with COVID-19 when he’s going to be around so many people at the Bills’ facility during the day.
“Just talking it over with my old lady and seeing what would be the best decision for my kids, too, and then plan accordingly,” he said.
NFL players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to make their decision whether they’re in or out. Already, several players have decided against playing including two Bills, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and cornerback E.J. Gaines.
White said he has been impressed with how the Bills are going about implementing their social distancing and other safety measures, but that doesn’t mean he and his family would be 100% safe and it has him concerned.
“Obviously we have some of the best people around the league caring for us and really caring for our well-being,” he said. “So, upstairs has been doing a great job, but you know just the aspect of guys still testing positive or having false negatives, false positive tests and coming back to test negative, it’s those things that psychologically play a part in my thinking. Each and every day, do I want to come in here and maybe get my own baby sick? Do I want to risk that?”
If White opts out, that would leave a gaping hole in the Bills defense as he considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2019.
Not having White would shift the burden on free agent Josh Norman and holdover starter Levi Wallace to carry the load on the outside, and with Gaines already opting out, the Bills’ veteran depth would be weakened significantly.
White knows this is a big year for the Bills as they are the favorite pick to win the AFC East, but for him, the choice between football and family is an easy one.
“No matter what, my family is gonna come first, no matter what’s going on,” he said. “No matter how big of a season, I’m always going to put my kids first so it’s still weighing on me. And then my girl in the back of my mind, she’s having to stay at home with the kids all day by herself, no family, can’t go out do anything. And then my family can’t travel up and spend time with her, see the kids, so those are things that I think about each and every day, just trying to see if I’m willing to go the distance, go four or five months doing the same thing, just having my kids stuck in the house. I don’t know if I’m willing to do it. I just want to pray about it and just see how it is.”