Former West Virginia Mountaineers standout wide receiver Kevin White will have a much needed opportunity to reboot his NFL career after being plagued with injuries through most of his rookie contract. White will sign with the Arizona Cardinals, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, where he’ll play for new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
White was selected seventh overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft, but has had his career derailed by multiple injuries. He was diagnosed with a stress fracture during training camp in his rookie season, and underwent season-ending surgery to insert a rod in his tibia. White returned in 2016, and started the first four games of the season for the Bears, catching 19 passes for 187 yards before fracturing his left fibula in the fourth game and placing him on injured reserve for the rest of the year.
White entered the 2017 season looking to shed his newfound injury-prone label, but fractured his scapula in the season-opener against the Atlanta Falcons. He’d recorded two catches for just six yards before his season abruptly ended for the third consecutive year.
2018 proved to be the healthiest season for White, but by this time the John Fox era in Chicago had come to an end and the former first-rounder became just another receiver on the Bears roster under new head coach Matt Nagy. The Bears announced they’d be passing on the fifth-year option on White’s rookie contract, making him a free agent following the season. White was active for nine games, but only caught four passes on the season — one of which came on a 54-yard Hail Mary pass from QB Mitchell Trubisky as time expired. However, in what could possibly be the perfect metaphor for his career up to this point, White was stopped one yard short, ensuring a Bears loss
If White can remain healthy, he’ll give Kingsbury and the Cardinals some much needed depth at the receiver position, playing alongside University of Phoenix alum and NFL legend Larry Fitzgerald. White obviously has experience playing in an Air Raid system from his time at West Virginia, so the pairing with the former Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach may be just what he has needed to prove himself and get his NFL career back on track.