There has been a lot of speculation the last several weeks about the future of wide receiver Roddy White. He was not a vital part of the offense in 2015. He’s getting older. So that might mean he has no future with the Falcons.
Thomas Dimitroff, Atlanta’s general manager, would not specifically address White in his Thursday press conference. He kept his answers very generic.
"We are in the process here of looking at, as you know, we are talking about the changes in the organization on the personnel side," Dimitroff said. "We're obviously very focused on what is going to happen with our personnel. We are smack dab in the middle of that.
"We haven't made final decisions on anyone as far as moving on from people or moving on from people or re-doing contracts right at this moment.”
The Falcons signed White to a four-year contract worth $18 million two years ago. They would be responsible for $5.6 million if they were to release him now. There would be some savings for a post-June 1 release. His salary cap number would be $6.2 million, but his base salary would be $3 million in 2016.
Dimitroff has reportedly scouted wide receivers at the Senior Bowl, including Ohio State receiver Braxton Miller.
White caught only 43 passes last season for 506 yards. It was his worst season statistically since his rookie season in 2005. White is Atlanta’s all-time leader in receiving yards (10,863), touchdowns (63) and catches (808). He’s been in the Pro Bowl four times.
With White’s long-time receivers coach Terry Robiskie now in Tennessee as the offensive coordinator, you can only imagine it would take White 10 seconds before getting a phone call from the Titans if he were released.
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