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Roddy White Wants To Stay In Atlanta, But Is That Best For The Falcons?


The Atlanta Falcons have made re-signing wide receiver Roddy White a top priority this offseason, and apparently finishing his career in Atlanta is important to him too.

White recently guest hosted 680 The Fan’s The Front Row, and made it clear that he plans on being a Falcon for life.

I do want to stay here for the rest of my career, White said. He also added, They want me to be here, I want to be here, so let’s make it happen.

Sure, it feels good to want him to finish his career as a Falcon, but is that really what’s best for the team moving forward?

The truth is that White is a 32-year-old receiver who is starting to be injury prone. He’s due to make over $6 million in 2014 and be a free agent next offseason. He’s still productive, but the cardinal sin in the NFL is to pay for previous production.

The Falcons can’t trap themselves into feeling like they need to keep White at any number. It would be great to have him on the squad the next few years, but the reality is that his production will likely plummet as he gets into his mid-thirties. That’s about the time when most receivers tend to lose a step, and the last thing Atlanta wants to do is end up with a big cap hit over their heads for an aging receiver who isn’t playing well on the field.

It’s always tough to let a player go who has meant so much to the franchise. White has been one of the best players on the Falcons for years now, but they can’t let that cloud their judgement when it comes to his future with the team.

There’s a number that’s worth keeping him around, but likely that isn’t the kind of salary he thinks he’s worth.

It’s tough to do, but the Falcons need to make sure they don’t hamstring their salary cap flexibility with a costly, long term contract for an aging receiver.

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  • Eric S. Powers

    Ben, Roddy White is the All time Falcons receiver. He earned the right to get that type of money. He holds almost every receiving record in Falcons history and he has been very reliable to Matt Ryan. And to release him would be a real disaster. Between 2007 and today he has 6 consecutive 1000 yard+ seasons. And he is the best “homegrown” receiver the Falcons ever had.

  • Sylvester

    If we can keep him at a decent price and load his contract toward the back, then that would benefit our salary cap for this year and next year. A four year contract for 24 million, in which the first two years pay 8 million, would give the Falcons 2 million toward the cap to get some help for the offensive line and defensive line.

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