Roddy White gets new contract from Atlanta Falcons as training camp begins


(Reuters)

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a four-year contract extension with wide receiver Roddy White, who turns 33 on Nov. 2 but is considered the face of the franchise.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is worth up to $30 million, with $18 million coming over the next two seasons.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com wrote in May that White expected to hammer out a contract extension after the draft, but the shooting death of his half-brother pushed everything back. White was in the last year of his previous contract.

White has the fifth-most receiving yards, eighth-most receptions and 10th-most touchdown catches of all NFL players since he entered the league in 2005. Apart from last season, when hamstring and ankle injuries limited him to 13 games, he has been remarkably durable, playing a full 16-game season in all but one year.

After sitting out Weeks 6-8 with his injuries last season, White came on strong toward the end of the season, with 43 catches for 502 yards over the last five games.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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