Roddy White Nearing Contract Extension; Atlanta Falcons Must Be Careful

By Devin O'Barr
Roddy White
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Roddy White and the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly expected to agree on some sort of contract extension in the near future. Considering White’s nine-year tenure with the club and the fact that his contract is up after the 2014 season, it seems like perfect timing for a new deal. However, the Falcons need to be extremely careful when it comes to working out White’s new deal.

Unfortunately, the Roddy White that took the field in 2013 is hardly the No. 84 that NFL fans have grown accustomed to. Through Atlanta’s first 10 games, White has caught just one touchdown to go along with 185 yards receiving. On top of that, White has missed two games this year after not missing a single game since being drafted into the league in 2005. The NFL is changing and the days of a 32-year-old wide receiver making big plays are coming to a close — nowadays it’s all about speed and youth at the wideout position.

See: Fantasy Football: Is Roddy White A Starter Once Again?

With that being said, what kind of deal should Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff offer to the best wide receiver in franchise history? Going off of White’s 2013 production the consensus would be not very much. Moreover, White has been a staple of consistency — 2013 notwithstanding — and deserves to at least be given a three-year deal so that he can finish his career in Atlanta.

Either way, the price tag on White is something that NFL fans should keep a very close eye on because this wide receiver can already see dollar signs.

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