Roddy White thinking “three or four” more years


Roddy White had a miserable start to the 2013 season, but he finished with 43 catches for 502 yards in the last five games to show there was some life left in his bones.

The question of how much life is one that’s sure to come up for the Falcons this season. Lowering his cap number from $6.325 million in the final year of his contract would help the Falcons patch some other holes and that’s something they can accomplish by giving him an extension. White gave the team some idea of how long he’d like to keep playing this week.

“How many more years? I think three or four,” White said, via Vaughn McClure of “I don’t want to be an ironman like Tony [Gonzalez]. He was blessed to go through his stint in the NFL because 17 seasons is a long time to play football, man. I was thinking if I could just get 10, I’ll be all right.”

Next season will be White’s 10th and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff sounds open to the idea of keeping White around beyond that.

“Roddy’s made it very clear that he wants to be back here for the duration of his career and he’s obviously been a beyond-fine football player for us,” Dimitroff said. “So we’re hoping that he will be able to do that.”

Having a healthy White and Julio Jones with better offensive line play would make life much easier for the Falcons offense next season. White can’t help on the Jones front, but an extension would help get that better line play if the Falcons spend the savings wisely.

10 responses to “Roddy White thinking “three or four” more years

  1. The Falcons offense will only go as far as Julio Jones will take it, and they should strongly consider looking around for Roddy’s heir apparent, someone who can learn from those 2 veterans before ultimately supplanting the aging White. Also, I like Jacquizz as a spell back who can receive the ball, but I’m not sold on Steven Jackson as the workhorse back. One thing is for sure, both the passing and rushing attacks would benefit greatly from a more capable offensive line.

    It’s very hard to find success in the NFL (on either side of the ball) if you’re struggling as a team to win the battles in the trenches.

  2. 2 top notch and healthy WR’s can carry you a long way. Without that, your QB and RB end up looking less than average at best.

  3. No one see Quizz as a full time back. Stephen Jacksons cap number would also need to be adjusted, but the Falcon offense is not designed for a work horse back. With a decent O-line he can get the 75-100 yards per game needed. The big plays are expected in the passing game. The running game just needs to be functional. Jackson can handle that.
    As for finding a successor to Roddy now and that being a focus… They have Roddy’s successor, it’s Jones. By the numbers Jones hadnt really surpassed Roddy yet. Though he is the better player and stat wise will pass him next year. They actually have depth at WR. Good depth. Pass rush and allot of O-line help is all that matters this off season. Worry about the next #2 WR another time.

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