“No!,” said Orlando’s source when asked if White was on the trading block Sunday. “(We’ve) had no calls and most importantly he is a Falcon and an important part of this offense.”
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that there are three NFL teams currently considering the idea of pursuing a trade for veteran Falcons WR Roddy White following his recent comments.
According to Rapoport, these teams are at least during research on White, but the fact that he’s due $5 million could make a trade fairly difficult.
Rapoport notes that White is often the third or fourth option in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, which is likely the reason for him expressing concern about his role a few days ago. Whie is looking to contribute like he has in the past.
While teams may have interest in a potential trade, Falcons’ sources have told Rapoport that he’s an important part of the team. “He’s a Falcon,” one source told Rapoport.
This topic first came up after Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that there teams around the league with “some interest” in possibly trading for White.
- According to La Canfora, these teams are in the process of determining White’s trade value, in the event they reach out to the Falcons about a potential deal.
- La Canfora suggests the Cowboys and Ravens as two teams that could be good fits for the veteran receiver.
White seemed to be extremely frustrated with his new role in the Falcons’ offense.
“For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes,” White told ESPN.com. “I’m not out here just f—ing around just to sit around to just block f—ing people all day. It’s not what I want to do.
“I’ve contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years. It always bothers me when I go out and don’t catch any balls in a game because it hasn’t happened in so long.”
White added that he has yet to approach offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan regarding his lack of opportunities.
“I don’t,” White said of expressing his feelings to Shanahan. “I just stay consistent. I just have to handle my business and what I can do; be the best football player I can be. He’s going to do what he has to do. He’s going to call the plays the he wants to play and how he wants to play it. Formations are made out how he wants to do it.
“I just have to stick in there and bear with it; just continue to do my job. And hopefully, Matt [Ryan] will throw me some balls.”
White, 33, is in the second year of his four-year, $30 million contract that included $10 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $2.2 million (2015), $2.75 million (2016), and $3 million (2017) over the next three years.
According to Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com, a team trading for White would need $2.24 million available to trade for White.
This season, White has caught just six passes for 92 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Falcons over the course of four games.