The Atlanta Falcons have released longtime wide receiver Roddy White, the team announced Wednesday.
White, 34, had two years remaining on his contract. A four-time Pro Bowler and 2005 first-round draft pick, White played 11 seasons with the Falcons and is the franchise’s all-time leading receiver with 808 receptions, 10,863 receiving yards and 63 receiving touchdowns.
“Roddy is one of the greatest players to ever put on a Falcons uniform, and even more importantly he is a man of tremendous character that I and my entire family have profound personal affection and respect for,” said Falcons owner and chairman Arthur Blank in a statement.
“Roddy will forever be part of the Falcons family and I’m confident our fans will always remember and be grateful for the exemplary way he has represented them over the last 11 years,” said Blank.
“Decisions like these are always difficult, but this was one of the most difficult decisions I have been a part of in my years of football,” said general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “We have a tremendous amount of respect and gratitude for what Roddy has meant to this community and organization. He is a great teammate and one of the all-time great Falcons.”
“Roddy is one of the best competitors and warriors I have ever been around,” head coach Dan Quinn said. “He was one of the first players I reached out to when I was hired here, and I want to thank him for his professionalism and leadership. Although this was a difficult decision, we feel this is best for everyone as we continue to put this team together, not just for the 2016 season, but for the future as well.”
White’s role diminished under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan last season. He had the lowest receiving totals since his second year in the league despite playing in all 16 games for Atlanta. At his peak, White put up six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with at least 100 catches from 2007-12.