White announced on Twitter his retirement from the NFL on Friday. White spent this past season out of football following his release from the Falcons last March. A first-round pick out of UAB in 2005, White played all 11 of his NFL seasons for the Falcons, becoming the franchise's leader in nearly every receiving category along the way. In total, White accumulated 808 catches, 10,863 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns, getting named to four Pro Bowls in the process. With his playing days over, the 35-year-old will now reportedly join the coaching staff of an Atlanta-area high school football team.
White wants to keep playing and has been in contact with a few teams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Released by the Falcons in March, the 34-year-old wideout said he will only sign with a team he considers to be a Super Bowl contender. Coming off a season in which he caught just 43 passes for 506 yards and one touchdown on 70 targets (7.2 YPT), White may have to settle for a shot to compete for a roster spot and depth role. It's unclear if he'd be willing to play under those circumstances, as he expressed frustration with his decreasing role in Atlanta last year.
White professed he will only sign with a Super Bowl contender, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. White claims several teams have reached out to him since his dismissal from Atlanta, but he will only sign with a team he believes can contend for a championship. Or else, he'll retire. The wide out patiently vowed: "I'll let it go into the season, maybe Week 4 of 5. If it doesn't happen, I'll be putting my cleats on a power line, just like Marshawn Lynch." White then detailed that his list of qualifying suitors only stretches as far as "maybe six teams", but failed to mention any organization in specific. However, at 34 years of age, it's fair to wonder whether White has anything left in the tank. He didn't appear completely gassed in his final campaign as a Falcon, but, comparatively, Andre Johnson (also 34 years old) logged 85 catches for 936 yards during his last hurrah in Houston before latching on with Indianapolis for a season that proved to be a forgettable stint in Johnson's illustrious career.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has speculated that White could reunite with former Atlanta offensive coordinator in Tampa, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports. The 34-year-old receiver, released last Wednesday by the Falcons, has extensive history with two principals of the Bucs' 2016 coaching staff. Head coach Dirk Koetter was White's offensive coordinator in Atlanta from 2012-14, three seasons over which the veteran wideout averaged 78 catches for 994 yards and six touchdowns. He also played under new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith during Smith's Falcons head coaching stint from 2008-2014. "Any time you go through the process, you have to expect that, knowing somebody's history with a certain player," Quinn commented after White's release. "I wouldn't be surprised if Roddy ends up on another club just south on I-75". While Tampa's wide receiver depth chart is well-stocked heading into next season, White's familiarity with Koetter's system could conceivably earn him a training camp opportunity if he hasn't latched on to any other roster by that point.
The Falcons have released White. Per ESPN.com, the release of White saves the Falcons $2,362,500 against their salary cap in 2016, but the departure of the 34-year-old wideout leaves a large void in the team's pass-catching corps. The 2005 first-rounder, who caught 43 passes for 506 yards and a TD in 2015, will thus look to catch on elsewhere, with White's 2016 fantasy prospects difficult to peg until his landing spot/role with his new team gain a degree of clarity.
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