Falcons Give WR Roddy White 4-Year Extension
The Atlanta Falcons saw what life was like to struggle with subpar production out of their passing game at times in 2013. They made an effort to never have that happen again, as they signed veteran wide receiver Roddy White to a four-year contract extension.
After enduring injuries to both Julio Jones and White last year, Atlanta knows keeping solid talent on the roster is a must going forward. That’s even more the case when you factor in how productive the 32-year old White remained once he finally recovered from a nagging ankle sprain last season.
Once healthy, White shows he had plenty left in the tank, as he racked up an impressive 43 catches and two touchdowns down the stretch in 2013.
White was set to enter 2014 in a contract year, which was another key element in the extension. Atlanta made sure they held onto their long-time receiver, who arguably still remains among the league’s best talents. White’s new deal will be worth up to $30 million and keeps him a Falcon through the 2017 NFL season.
It’s an even more important signing when you start considering the health of fellow receiver Julio Jones, who has had issues with his foot twice now in just three NFL seasons. White, meanwhile, toughed out a bad ankle injury for 14 games last year, reluctantly sitting out the first two games of his NFL career.
Prior to his ankle injury, White had been one of the more consistent performers in the league. Last season marked his first season since 2006 that he did not surpass at least 1,100 receiving yards. It was also the first time since 2006 that he caught less than 80 balls or six touchdowns.
By holding onto White for the long-term, the Falcons keep one of the league’s most prolific receiving tandems intact, while also protecting themselves from future letdowns from Jones. White, who turns 33 in November, will enter 2014 as a prime bounce-back candidate.
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