Falcons veteran WR Roddy White said that he has yet to hear from HC Dan Quinn or GM Thomas Dimitroff regarding his future with the team.
“No, I haven’t spoken to anybody,” White told Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I haven’t been given clarity about anything.”
Regarding his disappointing 2015 season, White said the “bridge just broke down” with OC Kyle Shanahan last year in terms of their expectations.
“Maybe what he expected from me and I expected for myself — the bridge just broke down,” White said. “What I expected for me was what I always did. He had another plan for me, but you expect that when there’s a new regime.”
White did, however, add that “I’d bet every dollar I had that I’m going to be a Falcon.”
D. Orlando Ledbetter previously mentioned that the Falcons appear to be leaning toward retaining White, despite speculation that they could move on.
Ledbetter pointed to the fact that White’s 2016 salary is not prohibitive, considering that he’ll make just $2.75 million. However, his 2016 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, 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.
We’ll have more regarding White’s future with the Falcons as the news is available.