Despite no confirmation either way from the Falcons, veteran receiver Roddy White remains confident he’s going to be playing in Atlanta for the 2016 season.
“I’d bet every dollar I had that I’m going to be a Falcon,” White said, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
White acknowledged he hasn’t “spoken to anybody” about his status for next season, making his bet a shaky one. He will count over $6 million on Atlanta’s 2016 salary, while releasing him would save the franchise almost $2.5 million.
A 12-year veteran, White has over 800 catches and 10,000 receiving yards as a member of the Falcons. However, he’ll turn 35 in November, and he produced only 43 receptions and 506 yards over 16 games last season. As his physical skills have eroded, the Falcons have lessened his role.
“Do I wish I could be a more significant part of the offense? Absolutely,” White said. “But that’s not what they wanted me to do and you have to enjoy and embrace the role you have.”
Now, the Falcons have to decide whether his presence as a veteran leader in the locker room is worth another season at his current price tag.
It’s possible major progress will be made toward a decision this week, when teams gather in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. Talks between executives and agents often heat up during this period. If White is open to some sort of contract restructuring, he could increase his chances of winning his bet and playing a 13th season in Atlanta.