Eagles’ Kyzir White explains how old team Chargers made him mad
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PHOENIX — There have been loads of Chargers followers sad final yr when the workforce opted to not re-sign Kyzir White.
One other individual left sad: Kyzir White.
“I used to be mad as a result of I needed to return again,” the linebacker mentioned this week. “I didn’t need to go wherever else. I needed to complete my profession there, be there for 10-plus years.”
As an alternative, White turned a free agent and signed a one-year cope with Philadelphia. Now, he’s readying for Super Bowl LVII on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in close by Glendale.
“I’m right here on the largest stage,” White mentioned, smiling. “So I can’t actually be that mad, proper?”
The Chargers drafted White out of West Virginia within the fourth spherical in 2018, taking the protection with the plan of changing him to linebacker.
White started his rookie yr because the starter reverse Denzel Perryman till a knee harm in Week 3 knocked him out for the season.
He continued to contribute — beginning 17 of the 27 video games he performed — over the following two seasons.
In 2021, enjoying in then-new coach Brandon Staley’s system, White was in a position to stay wholesome and used the prolonged alternative to excel. Beginning all 17 video games, he led the Chargers with 144 tackles, including two interceptions and two compelled fumbles.
All of this earned him nothing long run, White explaining that the Chargers by no means made him a suggestion at a place — inside linebacker — that has restricted worth of their scheme and, more and more, leaguewide.
Although he admitted to being upset over his departure, White mentioned he held no in poor health will towards the Chargers and, actually, remained a fan.
“I’ve nothing unhealthy to say about them,” he mentioned. “I simply thank them for the chance and giving me an opportunity to make my goals come true. Simply ’trigger I’m not there, I don’t hate them now.”
In free company, White discovered the open market to be lower than broad open. He went unsigned for almost two weeks, lastly accepting his one-year deal, which assured him $3 million.
He mentioned he was shocked to not obtain a extra profitable supply, significantly after a number of folks round him had made some daring predictions concerning the payday that was coming.
White appeared in all 17 regular-season video games for the Eagles, ending second on the workforce in tackles with 110. He had seven tackles in Philadelphia’s two playoff wins to succeed in the Tremendous Bowl.
As for his former workforce, White mentioned he watched in disbelief because the Chargers blew a 27-0 lead in dropping their wild-card matchup final month in Jacksonville. He mentioned he even stopped watching at one level.
“Halfway via the third quarter, I began switching channels,” White mentioned. “I knew it was over. Then my cousin was texting me saying, ‘Man, they’re coming again on the Chargers.’ I assumed he was simply enjoying round. I turned again and it was, ‘Dang, that is loopy.’ I felt unhealthy for them.”