Dan Quinn got rid of the most veteran Falcon on Wednesday. The team will sorely miss Roddy White's personality and leadership, but they will need to add another player to replace his on-field production. The cap savings should make that a little easier.
According to Spotrac, the Falcons have $30.7 million in 2016 cap space. That is under the assumption that DT Paul Soliai is not a post-June 1st cut, which if he is, could free up a few more million this year. What about with Roddy gone?
The Falcons will save Roddy's $2.75 million base salary and $1.5 million roster bonus for a total of $4.25 million. He already has nearly $1.9 million in cap space accounted for from his signing bonus. If the Falcons choose to use their two post-June 1st cut spots on Soliai and DT Tyson Jackson, then the nearly $1.9 million would accelerate into 2016.
Total projected cap savings with Roddy as not a post-June 1st cut? Only
$475,000 about $2.365 million. The Falcons would have nearly $23 million of dead money, thanks to the expensive cuts of Sam Baker, Paul Soliai, Jon Asamoah, William Moore, and Justin Durant. If they plan on keeping Jackson for one more year, the Falcons could free up $1.9 million more by designating Roddy, and an additional $2.8 million by designating Soliai as post-June 1st cuts.
Atlanta's available cap space if Roddy is a post-June 1st cut? Nearly $37.8 million. The odds are the Falcons take on White's entire cap hit this season, and work with at least $33 million in cap space (until Soliai is officially designated as a post-June 1st cut). It may be nearly impossible to truly replace Roddy, but Atlanta has plenty of opportunity to sign Mohamed Sanu or Travis Benjamin.
Update: There are three guarantees in life. Death, taxes, and messing up cap numbers.