The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that they have release of WR Roddy White.
“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. We thank Roddy for everything he has meant to this organization and we wish him success as he continues his career.”
“Roddy is one of the best competitors and warriors I have ever been around,” Head Coach Dan Quinn stated. “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.”
There had been a lot of talk that White could end up being a roster cut this offseason after a disappointing 2015 season under the new head coaching staff.
White, 34, was entering the third year of his four-year, $30 million contract that includes $10 million guaranteed. He would have made a base salary of $2.75 million for the 2016 season and another $3 million in 2017.
According to OverTheCap.com, cutting White will 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.