Roddy White talks about his future

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Roddy White is getting up there in age and with that has publicly stated that he wants to finish his career with the only team he’s known. He’s only got one year left on his contract and has become an extension candidate so the team can free up some cap space. The question is how long does he want to play for?

“How many more years? I think three or four,’’ he said. “I don’t want to be an ironman like Tony [Gonzalez]. He was blessed to go through his stint in the NFL because 17 seasons is a long time to play football, man. I was thinking if I could just get 10, I’ll be all right.’’ (

Next year will be White’s tenth season in the NFL, so he’ll obviously go past his goal if he can stay healthy. I admire the fact that he doesn’t want to keep playing just cement his legacy and to keep making more money like most aging, star receivers do.

White had an off season by his standards with 63 catches for 711 yards but he also missed three games with ankle and hamstring injuries. It was the first time in his career that he missed a game but proved he can still play at a high level down the stretch once he was over those injuries.

So the question is now how long would the Falcons want to extend him for? They need the cap space but don’t want to go too far in the future if these injuries continue. There’s no word on how long General manager Thomas Dimitroff wants to go, just that he does want to extend White.

With both sides wanting to get it done then I’m sure it will get done in time.

“I hope it gets done,’’ White said. “If it doesn’t, I have one year left on my contract. I’ll play it out and I’ll go from there. But I want to be here, no doubt about it. I’ve spent my whole career here. And I love the organization. I love everyone in it. So that will be the next step. But I do know this is a business. Things happen.’’(

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