At 32-years-old, it may seem peculiar why the Atlanta Falcons would want to extend wide receiver Roddy White to a four-year contract extension. What I mean by that is it may seem peculiar to the average fan. In reality, the Falcons are very smart to extend White’s contract through the 2018 season.
White’s numbers took a bit of a dive last season. One big reason for that was because he played in 13 games, the first time in his career he failed to suit up for all 16 games of a season. With lingering ankle and hamstring injuries, it is quite remarkable that White was able to put up the statistics that he did. His 63 receptions and 711 receiving yards ranked second on the team among wide receivers. Also, his three touchdown receptions were second to only tight end Tony Gonzalez’s eight.
The encouraging part about White’s 2013 season is that he turned up the heat toward the end of the season, even though the Falcons were eliminated from playoff contention long before Week 17 rolled around. In his last two games of the season, White totaled 20 receptions for 232 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Even more astonishing is that those numbers came against the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers.
There is no doubt that White will be ready to lead the team again in receiving, especially since he is expected to enter training camp healthy. The other good news is that White is thrilled to know that he will finish his career in Atlanta, which should make fans and players very happy.