Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Roddy White wants to be Falcon for life
By Vaughn McClure
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Getting a contract extension matters to Roddy White, but the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver is not overly consumed with the logistics behind such a business decision.
"I don't think about those kinds of things, man," White said Tuesday night. "Those kinds of things work out themselves as the season goes along or as the offseason goes along. I'm a football player. All that other stuff, I don't really get into those types of things. I just let my agent handle that situation."
Multiple reports surfaced that White and the Falcons would agree to an extension this offseason. White will enter the final year of his contract next season and will count $6.325 million against the salary cap in 2014. Signing White to an extension could lower White's cap number and, thus, give the Falcons cap relief as they try to retool for next season. Not to mention the team has to address signing top receiver Julio Jones to a lucrative deal at some point with Jones expected to be the team's top priority coming off foot surgery.
Although White didn't discuss any specifics about an extension, he talked as if the Falcons had given him some sort of assurance behind closed doors.
"It feels good that they want me to be here," he said. "That's the most important thing: them wanting me to be here and me wanting to be here, too."
At the same time, only those within the front office truly know how the Falcons will proceed with their roster moves. The 32-year-old White has been hobbled by various injuries, which could affect any negotiation process. But no one can deny his body of work over nine seasons. The four-time Pro Bowl pick had six consecutive, 1,000-yard receiving seasons coming into this year.
White, from South Carolina, certainly wants to finish his career in Atlanta.
"Absolutely," he said. "I've been here my whole career and it's been good. I've basically brought my whole family around Atlanta. And I've basically based this as a place that I want to be for the rest of my life. Anytime you get an opportunity to play out your career with one team -- especially in this day and age of football where everybody is continuously moving around -- that would be great."
White, who missed three games with hamstring and ankle injuries, currently has 20 receptions for 209 yards and one touchdown in '13.