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Falcons, Roddy White agree on extension

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The Falcons and wide receiver Roddy White were talking contract extension earlier in the offseason, but tabled things for a while after White’s brother was killed.

They have both resumed and completed those talks. On Thursday morning, the Falcons announced that they have agreed to terms with White on a four-year contract extension that will keep him tied to the Falcons through 2018.

There are no financial terms to pick through yet, but if White sees it to the end there’s a good chance it will be the last contract he’ll ever sign as he’ll turn 37 in the final year of the deal. It would also mean that he spent his entire career in a Falcons uniform and that he’d further cement himself as the best receiver in Falcons history.

White battled injuries last year and caught 63 passes for 711 yards, his lowest season totals since the 2006 season. Better health for him and for the rest of the Falcons offense should lead to a better season all around.

UPDATE 9:28 a.m. ET: According to multiple reports, it is actually a three-year extension and the announcement from the Falcons rolled the existing year on his deal into the extension. That means White is signed through 2017 rather than 2018.

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32 Responses to “Falcons, Roddy White agree on extension”
  1. joetoronto says: Jul 24, 2014 8:09 AM

    Remember when Vick was there and everyone blamed the lack of quality WR’s, instead of Vick’s accuracy issues?

    I do.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 24, 2014 8:11 AM

    Glad to hear it. Now they just need to focus on drafting his replacement in the next year or two so he has a chance to groom them before hanging up the cleats.

  3. crazycane says: Jul 24, 2014 8:12 AM

    I think Roddy is going to slip in FF to later rounds like Antonio Brown last year and he’s going to have a great year this year.

  4. bcajun says: Jul 24, 2014 8:15 AM

    Doesnt mat.ter the falcons will always have the number 0 as in 0 SUPERBOWLS…HOW ABOUT DAT

  5. sb44champs says: Jul 24, 2014 8:23 AM

    Without a decent defense, the Falcons could find themselves at the bottom of the division again.

  6. kane337 says: Jul 24, 2014 8:27 AM

    Awesome. Falcon for life!

  7. chc4 says: Jul 24, 2014 8:44 AM

    Really good player. Entertaining guy too. Bet he’s one of the focal points of Hard Knocks. Probably should stay off Twitter though.

  8. tsmarriner says: Jul 24, 2014 8:51 AM

    This is just as bad as Brooks Orpik’s contract with the Washington Capitals. I don’t like the idea of paying a 38-year old 5 million dollars per year.

  9. andrewluck12 says: Jul 24, 2014 8:52 AM

    Congrats roddy! One of the most underrated wr’s in recent memory

  10. dabears2485 says: Jul 24, 2014 8:52 AM

    The fact that this guy just couldn’t seem to heal last season does not bode well for the future. That’s a long extension for an aging receiver.

  11. dannyware11 says: Jul 24, 2014 8:57 AM

    Good job of knocking this out before it became a distraction.

  12. wvuandsteelers says: Jul 24, 2014 9:06 AM

    He’s always been one of my favorite Falcons. Good for him.

  13. joshr99164 says: Jul 24, 2014 9:13 AM

    I really like Roddy White, but he’s 33 years old coming off one of his worst seasons, and he was injured. Giving him a 4 year extension doesn’t exactly seem like a great move.

  14. jacobslatter says: Jul 24, 2014 9:17 AM

    …and to think that in 2005 & 2006 during the lousy Mora era he looked to be a bust. It was the young blond-loving Petrino Brothers that whipped him into shape.

  15. flexx91 says: Jul 24, 2014 9:17 AM

    Ok, we’ll give them a better season: 7-9…….

  16. tjacks7 says: Jul 24, 2014 9:35 AM

    Hey, remember that one time you guys had a poll that asked if Roddy White was the greatest to ever wear 84? Classic.

  17. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 24, 2014 9:37 AM

    LOL this guy is awful.

  18. lengai says: Jul 24, 2014 10:16 AM

    King of the push off.

  19. chc4 says: Jul 24, 2014 10:29 AM

    You’d think after the Saints recent success they wouldn’t still have an inferiority complex toward the Falcons. Guess the all time series record still sticks in the craw of some Cajuns.

  20. cannonballdookie says: Jul 24, 2014 10:29 AM

    Not sure an older WR coming off an injury plagued season is the best extension candidate, especially when you have a paper thin defense.

    Looks like we’ll have plenty of stat padding games for Matt Ryan this year and 42-38 shootouts.

  21. militantgod says: Jul 24, 2014 10:37 AM

    In Roddy’s last 5 games of last season he had, 43 catches, 502 yards, 2 TD’s. He proved once healthy he’s still a stud. People need to get over paying a 38 year old receiver $5 mil dollars. He’s never gonna see this contract at the age, unless by some miracle, he turns into Jerry Rice. I’m sure once the numbers are released it’s gonna show, by extending him now, it’ll lower the cap number in the next year or two. After that if he continues with injuries they’re cut him. It’s not very hard to understand. This isn’t hockey where they’re stuck with his contract (comparing this to Orpik’s deal is ridiculous).

  22. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:02 AM

    This is the type of guy that I drafted and watched do nothing all yr in fantasy football in 2013, and that I will draft again for 2014 and laugh all the way to the wr3/flex stud bank.

  23. kingokra says: Jul 24, 2014 11:49 AM

    Great news! The failcons just tied up more money with this loser. Non-franchise, choker QB + no defense + 1 overrated WR (maybe 2) + clueless headcoach = another year in the cellar. I’m so glad this abomination is in our division – 2 easy wins every year.

  24. datdude84 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:53 AM

    Locking Roddy up was a solid move for a team that I hate. White has always been a very tough wr. He runs his mouth way to much but it gives him alot of attention. Falcons will be tough as always but they still lack a d line and o line. Very thin team. Will still be tough to beat. They shouldn’t of been focused so much on Roddy and more focused on trying to find a medicine man for julios marshmallow foot. I do find it crazy though how a fellow nfcsouth wr named colston has avgd more yards catches and tds per game in their career yet gets not as much love.

  25. atlfan31833 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:54 AM

    You would say he is the best receiver in the league if he was on your team…just saying

  26. veetan says: Jul 24, 2014 12:11 PM

    From this Saints fan:

    Good signing by ATL, bad for the division. Dude’s a big mouth that nobody likes, but when healthy, he can usually back it up, and he’s still got plenty left in the tank.

  27. hopper15 says: Jul 24, 2014 12:43 PM

    I don’t understand this extension for a declining Roddy White. Especially when you’re going to have to give Julio an extension next year.

  28. bcajun says: Jul 24, 2014 1:00 PM

    Terrell Owens wannabe

  29. mdd913 says: Jul 24, 2014 2:42 PM

    Bad move, he is not half of what he used to be. This is why the Falcons have such a thin roster, they overpay their top guys and are too dependent on them.

  30. sb44champs says: Jul 24, 2014 4:00 PM

    The Falcons are the Saints’ little brothers and Sean Payton is Big Daddy.

  31. thefalconwolf says: Jul 24, 2014 5:09 PM

    Yes the Saint are the great team
    The Falcons are the worst

    I guess every W in the Falcons column means that the Saints got Outcoached

    What was that you said about S Peyton?

  32. gammynomnom says: Jul 24, 2014 10:34 PM

    White even put up pro bowl numbers with Joey Harrington throwing him the ball.

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