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Falcons cut veteran wideout Roddy White

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The Falcons are going to have a whole new look at wide receiver next year.

The team announced it was releasing veteran wideout Roddy White, ending a brilliant 11-year run with the team.

“Roddy is one of the greatest players to ever put on a Falcons uniform, and even more importantly he is a man of tremendous character that I and my entire family have profound personal affection and respect for,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement released by the team. “I have developed a special relationship with him over the years, my children have grown admiring him and our partners and I all share a debt of gratitude for what he has meant to us and our team. Truly, there are no words to adequately express my thanks for all he has meant to me, my family, the Falcons and to this community, both on and off the field. He has been a difference maker in every way and has touched numerous lives here in Atlanta.

“Roddy will forever be part of the Falcons family and I’m confident our fans will always remember and be grateful for the exemplary way he has represented them over the last 11 years. We wish him nothing but the very best and, on a personal level, we look forward to a lifetime relationship with Roddy and his family.”

The 34-year-old receiver said recently he was betting he’d be back, but he lost that wager, and the $4.25 million he was scheduled to make this year.

He’s the Falcons’ all-time leader with 808 catches, 10,863 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns. The 2005 first-rounder became less and less of a part of the offense last year, and wasn’t above grumbling about it. Now, he gets to see if anyone else is willing to ask him to do more than block.

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42 Responses to “Falcons cut veteran wideout Roddy White”
  1. boisestatewhodat says: Mar 2, 2016 4:48 PM

    Well, think of the upside, you won’t get mopped up at the hands of the Saints twice a year anymore!

  2. chc4 says: Mar 2, 2016 4:48 PM

    Good luck Roddy. He’s a good dude.

  3. jonwill57 says: Mar 2, 2016 4:50 PM

    Proves there’s no begging to keep your job in football…

  4. jeffs24 says: Mar 2, 2016 4:50 PM

    He could still re-sign with ATL…it may not be over

  5. shaggytoodle says: Mar 2, 2016 4:51 PM

    I could see a team like the Vikings trying to sign him.

    He did seem to be pretty frustrated last year.

  6. deepseabreeze says: Mar 2, 2016 4:53 PM

    if he could have figured it out a year earlier, he’d be a borderline hall of famer. great career nonetheless.

  7. scmems07 says: Mar 2, 2016 4:59 PM

    I could see a team like the Vikings trying to sign him.

    He did seem to be pretty frustrated last year.
    ——————————————-

    And somehow going to the worst passing team in the league, who’s QB threw all of 14 TD’s, is going to make him less frustrated?

  8. xxbarklikeadogxx says: Mar 2, 2016 5:03 PM

    He will be Raider meat.

  9. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 2, 2016 5:07 PM

    He’s injury prone now and a shell of his former self.
    I never did care for his runny mouth but he was a good receiver in his day.

  10. shaggymarrs says: Mar 2, 2016 5:15 PM

    He should come join the Mile High receiving corps. DT, Sanders, AND White? That would be phenomenal.

  11. jag1959 says: Mar 2, 2016 5:17 PM

    The griping this past season may have limited his options but there will still be takers. It’s not like he completely fell off the map, he had okay numbers.

  12. playsanity says: Mar 2, 2016 5:20 PM

    Borderline HOF? LMAO he isn’t anywhere close. Consistent doesn’t mean he was a game changer. He could never dominate a game, nor will his team to victory. Julio is light years beyond him in all areas and will be an HOF if healthy.

  13. jimjim84 says: Mar 2, 2016 5:21 PM

    teaming up with dwayne bowe in cleveland!
    …. to do absolutely nothing!

  14. shaggytoodle says: Mar 2, 2016 5:23 PM

    scmems07 says:
    Mar 2, 2016 4:59 PM
    And somehow going to the worst passing team in the league, who’s QB threw all of 14 TD’s, is going to make him less frustrated?
    ____________

    He may be allowed to make more plays… It all depends on how much the Vikings want to change their offense, if they go run heavy again, I think he would be miserable,… If the Vikings are serious on Theodore taking the next step they should get him another weapon (and it doesn’t seem like the draft has many) so that way he can show the Vikings what kind of skills he possesses.

  15. tjacks7 says: Mar 2, 2016 5:24 PM

    And somehow going to the worst passing team in the league, who’s QB threw all of 14 TD’s, is going to make him less frustrated?

    Maybe he wants to play with the most accurate passer in the NFL? Seems to me Norv is no longer running the show on offense. Zimmer has taken over.

  16. 2since96 says: Mar 2, 2016 5:26 PM

    This has Ozzie’s name all over it…salary cap casualty, doesnt count against compensatory picks, and a proven veteran who can either play a huge role, or provide insurance against injuries.

  17. 2since96 says: Mar 2, 2016 5:26 PM

    This has Ozzie’s name all over it…salary cap casualty, doesnt count against compensatory picks, and a proven veteran who can either play a huge role, or provide insurance against injuries.

  18. cyberbucs says: Mar 2, 2016 5:37 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he joined his old offensive coordinator now Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter in Tampa

  19. southpackalacky says: Mar 2, 2016 5:38 PM

    Roddy’s from right down the road here at James Island High School. He has a football camp where local kids participate.

    That being said, I never liked when he would run his mouth and like most athletes, he should stay off of twitter.

  20. proudchowdahead13 says: Mar 2, 2016 5:38 PM

    I’m sure there will be a few teams checking him out to see if there’s anything left in the tank.

  21. skippynj says: Mar 2, 2016 5:44 PM

    I understand he reached out to Falcons mgt. about accepting a pay cut to stay on the team but that his alligator arms were too short.

  22. southpackalacky says: Mar 2, 2016 5:44 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Mar 2, 2016 5:24 PM

    And somehow going to the worst passing team in the league, who’s QB threw all of 14 TD’s, is going to make him less frustrated?

    Maybe he wants to play with the most accurate passer in the NFL? Seems to me Norv is no longer running the show on offense. Zimmer has taken over.

    There are 9 quarterbacks with a higher completion percentage than Bustwater. His former quarterback was one of those 9. Roddy will need someone better than a quarterback that ranks #26 in touchdowns.

  23. soop504 says: Mar 2, 2016 5:48 PM

    The local paper here in New Orleans sarcastically called Roddy our “favorite falcon” Lol. Good Career but we won’t miss him in the dome. Peace out Roddy !

  24. skinsdiehard says: Mar 2, 2016 6:01 PM

    I dont know why teams can’t hold on to franchise legends like this and just offer the vet minimum to give them a chance to go out retiring on their own terms.

  25. fanofpft says: Mar 2, 2016 6:17 PM

    jimjim84 says:
    Mar 2, 2016 5:21 PM

    teaming up with dwayne bowe in cleveland!
    …. to do absolutely nothing!

    Bench buddies.

  26. reprob8 says: Mar 2, 2016 6:46 PM

    Shanahan is the worst kind of weasel to purposely freeze Roddy out of the offense in favor of Hankerson.

    Good luck Roddy, I’m sure that you’ll be signed by another team.

  27. whiteybulgersson says: Mar 2, 2016 7:00 PM

    Two words Roddy.

    New. England.

    Tom Brady is going for his fifth this year and we play with integrity and within the rules.

    You can go down with the likes of Randy Moss and big Julian Edelman.

  28. dewey51 says: Mar 2, 2016 7:01 PM

    I am sure Bill Belichick will kicked the tires on Roddy White.

  29. Hitdog18 says: Mar 2, 2016 7:16 PM

    Mr. White, Mr. Bellichick on line 1

  30. balt88 says: Mar 2, 2016 7:34 PM

    He’ll go down with other Atlanta Falcon greats like….er, like… Sigh.

  31. bornsteel62 says: Mar 2, 2016 7:47 PM

    Would be a great compliment/slot guy for the team with only 1 helmet logo ….

  32. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Mar 2, 2016 8:40 PM

    So I am thinking Pats make sense, weren’t they linked to trade talks for White that broke down over compensation? Well there’s one stumbling block down.

  33. saints12013 says: Mar 2, 2016 9:39 PM

    34 years old. Ya his career is over. Just look at the last 2 years. Only way he gets signed is if a team gets struck with the injury bug mid-season, they’ll call him and we’ll all hear the same old story.

    “I was at home sitting on my couch and I got a call and hung up and hopped straight on a plane”

  34. proat17052 says: Mar 2, 2016 9:47 PM

    “balt88 says:
    Mar 2, 2016 7:34 PM
    He’ll go down with other Atlanta Falcon greats like….er, like… Sigh.”

    Maybe you are just to young to have seen him play but Claude Humphrey was and still is one of the greatest all time DE’s. His only sin was playing for a Falcons team in an era where they were bad to mediocre his entire career so he was overlooked by many through no fault of his own.

    Humphrey’s stellar career included being named First-team All-Pro five times (1971-’74, and 1977), Second- Team All-Pro three times (1969, 1970, 1976), and All-NFC six times (1970-’74, 1977). He was Second-Team All-NFC in 1976 when Humphrey unofficially recorded a career high 15 quarterback sacks. In addition Humphrey was named to the Pro Bowl six times over the span of his career (1970-’74 & 1977).

    Humphrey finished out his career with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1979-’81. In 1980 Humphrey enjoyed a stellar season as a designated pass rusher, recording a team high 14½ sacks helping the Eagles become NFC Champions and earn a ticket to Super Bowl XV. He finished his career with 126½ career sacks with the Falcons and Eagles.

  35. wtfru2 says: Mar 2, 2016 10:33 PM

    Gratitude buys nothing, if you appreciate him that much, give him a 10 mil good bye bonus! He’s done more than that for you…..

  36. gammynomnom says: Mar 3, 2016 1:51 AM

    maybe he can play with an NFL caliber QB now instead of oil noodle arm check down.

  37. socalcpa7 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:50 AM

    I could see him and Stafford kicking butt in the NFC North if CJ decides to retire.

  38. kcflake says: Mar 3, 2016 6:54 AM

    Cmon to KC Roddy. We would Love to have you on our team.

  39. jerry944 says: Mar 3, 2016 8:23 AM

    Every FA is going to vikings and raiders acvording to their fans..and what WR wants to play with Bridgewater..14 TDs in 16 games..thats horible

  40. junkmtb says: Mar 3, 2016 9:59 AM

    We’ll take him, signed Panthers!

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 3, 2016 10:05 AM

    Tom Brady is going for his fifth this year and we play with integrity and within the rules.

    You can go down with the likes of Randy Moss and big Julian Edelman.

    Integrity and the Oats in the same sentence… No way.

    Roddy hates cheaters he’ll go to the Packers.

  42. saints12013 says: Mar 3, 2016 11:53 AM

    @nofoolnodrool

    If White hates cheaters, why would he sign with Green Bay ?

    A few years ago there were allegations that they too had a Bounty Program but it got swept under the rug cause normal citizens like you and I own the majority of the team so there was really no one to punish.

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