Kevin Curtis is in Allen Park today according to a senior Lions official I spoke to moments ago.  The Spartan Nation’s T.J. Duckett will be in Allen Park on Monday morning.

 

Allen Park, Mich. – The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed unrestricted free agent DE Dewayne White to a five-year deal. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.

White (6-2, 273) joins the Lions after spending his first four years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his career he has played in 60 games (13 starts) while amassing 120 tackles (79 solo) and 14 sacks.

In 2006, White played in all 16 games with a career-high eight starts after he replaced DE Simeon Rice in the starting lineup. He finished the year tying for a team-high 5.0 sacks, along with a career-high 52 tackles (35 solo), five passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

While starting the second half of the season of 2006 for the Buccaneers, he reset his career single-game high in tackles three different times, including six (three solo) at the New York Giants 10/29, seven (five solo) at Chicago (12/17) and eight (six solo) vs. Seattle (12/31). For his efforts, White was named to the USA Today All-Joe team.

White’s 2005 season was highlighted by a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the season finale at New Orleans (1/1/06). Along with his 30 tackles (22 solo), three sacks and three fumble recoveries, he registered a career-high seven special teams tackles and two blocked field goals vs. Atlanta (12/14/05).

During White’s second year NF season, he garnered a career-high six sacks (ranked third on team), 29 tackles (18 solo), three passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

White entered the NFL as Tampa Bay’s top overall selection in the 2003 NFL draft (second round, 64th overall). He played under current Lions Head Coach Rod Marinelli from 2003-05 and Lions Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry from 2003-06.

White set a University of Louisville and Conference USA record with 37.5 sacks in 38 games during his three-year college career. His 37.5 sacks over his last three years at Louisville ranked second nationally behind Terrell Suggs of Arizona State. White also ranked among the nation’s leaders in sacks in each of his three collegiate campaigns, ranking ninth as a freshman in 2000 (12.0 sacks), second in 2001 (15.0 sacks) and eighth in 2002 (10.5 sacks). He also set a Louisville school record with 56.5 career tackles for loss.