Falcons receiver Roddy White, a four-time Pro Bowler who is closing in on many of the team’s receiving records, agreed to a four-year contract extension Thursday. (Reuters)
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with Roddy White on a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season and could set the wide receiver up to finish his career with the franchise that drafted him in the first round in 2005.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but ESPN reported the deal includes $10 million in guaranteed money for the four-time Pro Bowler. White was scheduled to enter the final year of his six-year, $48 million contract signed following a training camp holdout in 2009. White, 32, was set to earn a $5 million base salary in 2014 before the extension, ranked No. 11 among NFL wide receivers.
“We’re always going to be an organization that rewards players for being productive on the field and good citizens off of it,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said after White’s holdout in 2009.
Hammering out an extension with the franchise’s career leader in career receptions (685) and career receiving yards (9,436) was an offseason priority for Dimitroff, but talks were delayed following the shooting death of White’s brother, Tyrone Moore Jr. After spending time with family, White returned to the team for the final minicamp in June and extension talks began last week.
White doesn’t possess elite straight-line speed at this stage of his career, but he remains one of the league’s top possession receivers. After dealing with a nagging ankle injury and then a balky hamstring at the start of last season and then losing fellow wide receiver Julio Jones to a season-ending injury, White finished 2013 with 43 catches for 502 yards with 26 first down receptions and two touchdowns in the final five games.
In each of the three previous seasons, White caught at least 90 passes for 1,200 yards, making him only the fifth wide receiver in NFL history to accomplish that feat.
White has said he wants to play at least three more seasons, but said Thursday that he did not think he would have held out again this year without an extension.
“It’s a unique situation in today’s football world,” agent Jonathan Feinsod told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the prospect of his client playing his entire career with one team.
White’s 685 receptions rank eighth among active players.