Roddy White is now seeing green after working out a contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons. The new deal – which calls for three more seasons at $30 million. According to atlantafalcons.com, White's contract extension is a reward for the star WR's remarkable feats, both on and off the field, and could mean that he'll likely end his brilliant career with the Falcons.
White has performed, entertained and wowed Falcons fans for nine years and the team ensured that he’ll have the opportunity to continue doing so for the next four years, hopefully retiring as a lifelong Falcon.
Atlanta loved what it saw out of White in college, thriving at Alabama-Birmingham, where he led the nation in receiving yards (1,452) in 2004. Months later, the Falcons selected him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft (27th overall). Since joining the team, there’s no arguing that in this very stats-driven league, White has risen to the occasion, setting several franchise records. He and Julio Jones form one of the better pass receiving duos in the NFL.
"Roddy is one of the leaders and tone-setters of our football team. I am extremely happy for him," QB Matt Ryan said of White's extension. "He has been a major part of my development as a player and of the evolution of our team. I am fortunate to have had him here from my very first snap in this league and I am looking forward to being able to continue that relationship on and off the field.”
White’s return and the return of Jones as a healthy pass catcher is a major coup for this franchise. Last season, the receiving corps were devastated by injuries. Both starters saw time on the sidelines. Harry Douglas, the third option in the Falcons’ passing attack, led the team with 85 catches. Also, the loss of Tony Gonzalez (retirement), means both receivers’ health will be more important than ever.
Biermann reluctantly accepted a throttled back schedule for camp
Head coach Mike Smith said Saturday that he was able to get returning defensive end Kroy Biermann to accept a bit of a scaled back approach to his return to the field. In Week 2 of the 2013 season, Biermann went down with an Achilles injury that shelved him for the remainder of the campaign. While Biermann says he's feeling great through two days of camp, he understands that working his way back slowly will be better in the long run.
"They know the best plan and they know what's best for my specific situation," Biermann said after Saturday's XFINITY Atlanta Falcons Training Camp session. "Our main goal is to get everybody to the season opener as healthy as possible and, as much as I want to be out there with my guys and getting better with them, getting the right looks and getting things done, they've got my best interests at heart."
Biermann will be on a two-days-on, one-day-off schedule until further notice in training camp, which means he'll be on the sideline for Sunday's session as the Falcons hit the field for Day 3.
Smith called the nickelback spot "a competitive situation" after watching it for two days of camp so far. Smith expects to give three players — Robert McClain, Javier Arenas and Josh Wilson — the same amount of reps at the spot, but then plans to take a few looks at an unnamed fourth player there, too.
"It's tough because 65, 67 percent (of the snaps) are going to be your sub and your other 35, 33 are going to be your base (defense), so those guys are going to have to show what they can do in a little different situation," Smith said. "It's not like they're going out there and getting all 1,255 snaps that we're going to run in our training camp."