The Atlanta Falcons have had an incredible disappointing season that has led to them being in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, their lack of success this season does not mean that the team’s veterans are looking to jump ship.
One key player who could be leaving the team this offseason could be veteran wide receiver Roddy White, who many expect to sign an extension with the team.
If White has his way, he will be retiring with the Falcons.
“I don’t think about those kinds of things, man,” White said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “Those kinds of things work out themselves as the season goes along or as the offseason goes along. I’m a football player. All that other stuff, I don’t really get into those types of things. I just let my agent handle that situation.
“It feels good that they want me to be here. That’s the most important thing: them wanting me to be here and me wanting to be here, too.
“I’ve been here my whole career and it’s been good. I’ve basically brought my whole family around Atlanta. And I’ve basically based this as a place that I want to be for the rest of my life. Anytime you get an opportunity to play out your career with one team — especially in this day and age of football where everybody is continuously moving around — that would be great.”
White has been plagued by injuries throughout the season, but he is still a capable receiver when healthy despite being 32 years old.
It will be interesting to see how the Falcons are able to bounce back next season if they are able to re-sign White and welcome back a healthy Julio Jones. All Atlanta will need to do to immediately bounce back into contention is improve their defense, which they can do by selecting Jadeveon Clowney in the draft.