Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that contract talks between the Falcons and WR Roddy White have been delayed for an “undetermined period of time” following the death of White’s half-brother Tyrone Moore Jr.
- Rapoport adds that White had been hoping to have a new contract in place following the recent draft.
- According to Rapoport, the belief is that the two sides will still be able to workout a long-term extension before training camp.
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff mentioned a few months ago that they would approach some of their players regarding extensions following the draft, and White appears to be at or near the top of the list.
White, 32, has one year remaining on his current contract that includes a $5 million base salary for the 2014 season. According to Overthecap.com, White has a $6.325 million cap figure, so another benefit for the Falcons would be that an extension would almost certainly reduce that number.
Ever since Brandon Marshall signed his three-year, $30 million extension with the Bears there has been speculation that this agreement could impact numerous receivers that are entering the final year of their respective contacts.
I’m sure White would love to secure that kind of contract, but he is a few years older than Marshall, which could work against him in the end.
White has said previously that he would like to play another three or four years in the NFL. However, it is worth noting that White is coming off of a down season by his standards, but the same can be said of almost everyone on the Falcons roster.
Over the course of his career, White has been one of the most durable players in the NFL. In fact he missed the first games of his career this past season due to hamstring and ankle injuries.
In 2013, he caught 55 receptions for 620 yards receiving and two touchdowns.