D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that the Falcons appear to be leaning toward retaining veteran WR Roddy White, despite speculation that they may move on.
Ledbetter mentions that White’s 2016 salary is not prohibitive, considering that he’ll make just $2.75 million, but his cap figure is much higher at &6.137 million
One interesting point from Ledbetter is that asking White to take a pay cut to return next year could have a negative impression on the team’s locker-room morale.
White has said previously that he has no interest in taking a pay cut, which prompted some to wonder if a divorce could be coming.
“I’m not interested in taking a pay cut,” White told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com on Monday afternoon.
There’s still a question of whether White will be more effective in his second year in their new offensive system.
White, 34, will be entering the third year of his four-year, $30 million contract that includes $10 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $2.75 million for the 2016 season and another $3 million in 2017.
According to OverTheCap.com, cutting White would free up $2,362,500 in cap space while also creating $3,775,000 in dead money.
In 2015, White appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons and caught 43 passes for 506 yards receiving and a touchdown. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 105 receiver out of 119 qualifying players.