Sep 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; (Editors note: Caption Correction) Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) runs out on the field prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Atlanta Falcons to extend Roddy White by training camp?

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The Atlanta Falcons and Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White have been discussing a contract extension for quite some time with the belief that a deal would be finalized after the NFL draft.

Such a deadline wasn’t met and things were quickly pushed to the back burner after White’s half-brother Tyrone Moore Jr. was shot earlier this month.

But the two sides are reportedly expected to get back to talking financial figures in the near future and it’s expected that a deal will be agreed upon by training camp, rather than before White enters free agency.

“The belief is a deal will be done by training camp, rather than this spring. The Falcons wanted to focus on free agency and the draft before turning their attention to their own players and their contracts.”

Understandably, White doesn’t want to hamper himself with contractual talks during the season so it appears the only time the two sides will be able to hash out a deal is either now or after the season, before White’s contract expires. Of course, waiting that long could be damaging for the Falcons as White, just weeks away from potential free agency, may opt to test the waters if he’s waited that long for a new deal.

As for a price tag, it’s not immediately known what White is seeking though it’s expected the two sides will use Brandon Marshall‘s recent extension with the Chicago Bears as a starting point.

Atlanta still of course has to worry about a new deal for Julio Jones down the road, but for now they appear ready to make a deal with White.

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