Roddy White, severely hindered by injury throughout this season, has been a shadow of the prolific receiver we're accustomed to seeing on the field for the Falcons. White is, however, a fundamentally important component of what Atlanta's high-powered offense is supposed to be, and that's why it's good news that NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that White is likely to sign a long-term extension with the Falcons this offseason.
White's current deal locks him in through next season with the Falcons, but if the Falcons were to extend him this offseason, they could reduce what is currently slated to be a $6.3 million cap hit. With significant needs along the offensive and defensive lines in particular, freeing up more cap space while securing White's future with the franchise would be a beneficial for the Falcons.
According to Rapoport, the Falcons have not yet begun contract extension talks with Julio Jones, who will be entering the final season of his rookie contract, and will undoubtedly be expensive to re-sign.
Rapoport also tweeted that owner Arthur Blank is "committed to spending" to rectify the current weaknesses on both sides of the all. Thank you, Mr. Blank, because it's going to be necessary.
As #Falcons head into critical offseason: ATL in solid cap spot, no restructures to push $& forward. And Arthur Blank committed to spending.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 21, 2013
What are your thoughts on the Falcons' plans to extend Roddy White's contract?
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