The Atlanta Falcons didn't take their decision to cut Roddy White lightly. He was a fantastic player for a long time and provided amazing leadership. From all accounts he doesn't want to retire and to be frank, he's still got something to offer, even if he's not the player he once was.
I really can't see a scenario where Roddy is forced to retire. He just needs to find the right place to land. That said, he may have to take a big bite of humble pie and make some concessions. According to Pro Football Talk writer Mike Florio, Roddy is being courted, but he won't play for the veteran minimum.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, White was — and still is — on the radar in Tennessee. But he won't accept a minimum-salary offer. Andre Johnson did, which is why he was recently signed.
Because he has 10 years of NFL experience, Roddy's veteran minimum would be $985k. That's a lot of cheddar. Last season Roddy made $3.7 million, nearly four times his veteran minimum. Over his 10 year career, Roddy has made over $65 million.
This doesn't appear to be a money thing. Roddy has plenty of money. But taking a 75 percent pay cut doesn't sit well with most people. I do suspect he will change his mind and sign for the minimum if he's staring down retirement long enough. Right now he has time to wait for a better deal. Because as camp progresses and players get injured or cut, his market value could easily increase.