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Saturday, August 8, 2009
More details on White's new contract

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

All right, I've got a few more details since our initial post on Roddy White signing a new contract with the Falcons.

It's a six-year extension and makes him the third highest-paid receiver in the NFL, behind Carolina's Steve Smith and Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, who each average at least $10 million a year. Also, White's first practice back with the Falcons will be Monday morning because the team is off Sunday.

Here's a quote from Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff:

"We're always going to be an organization that rewards player who have been productive on the field for us and good citizens off the field. We're glad to get this contract situation resolved and we look forward to a long association with Roddy.''

Dimitroff has backed that up about rewarding players who produce. The Falcons previously locked up receiver Michael Jenkins and Jonathan Babineaux and they'll continue to re-sign core players as they get close to the end of their contracts.

The White deal obviously eases the tension at wide receiver, where White and Jenkins will be the starter. But the season-ending injury to Harry Douglas leaves the Falcons without a clear No. 3 receiver. That role likely will be filled after a competition among veterans Brian Finneran, Robert Ferguson and Marty Booker.