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Report: Roddy White will retire if he can't catch on with a contender

It's a relief for all Falcons fans.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Unless you're the type of person who considers a player to mean nothing once they've left the Falcons, you've been silently rooting against Roddy White landing with anyone else in the NFC South.

That news comes to us from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who chatted with Roddy the other day. Here's what he had to say:

“When my agent and I went down the list and I saw the teams that really needed wide receivers, I was like, ‘Wow, I really don’t want to go there,’” White said. “I knew I couldn’t win with any of those teams. At this point of my career, I don’t want to be dragging my feet in Week 13 just to have an opportunity to be 4-10 next week.”

Roddy went on to say that he'll likely retire if he hasn't been signed by Week 4 or 5 of the season. It's tough to know whether he'll change his mind or a contender will nibble, but if he hangs it up now without playing another snap, he'll still go down as one of the better receivers of the last decade.

The veteran receiver has more or less every Atlanta franchise receiving record, and was cut this offseason because the current regime headed by Dan Quinn and Kyle Shanahan simply didn't believe he was going to be worth his cap charge. While Roddy would surely love to prove that wrong--and I don't think he was as cooked as he looked at times last year--White has faced a cold market thus far. Since he's reportedly limiting his search to about six teams that might be genuine Super Bowl contenders, that may not change any time soon.

Wherever Roddy winds up, we wish him luck. The good news is that this would seem to eliminate the chances that he'll land with the Saints or Buccaneers, at the very least.