Since being drafted in the first round in 2005, WR Roddy White has been a crucial part of the offense for the Atlanta Falcons. With a new extension, his legacy will continue with the team he began with.
The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have agreed to terms with wide receiver Roddy White on a four-year contract extension.
White, 6-0, 211 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the first round (27th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. In nine seasons in Atlanta, White has established himself as the greatest receiver in franchise history. The four-time Pro Bowler owns club records for career receptions (685), career receiving yards (9,436), career 100-yard receiving games (37), and career games with 10-or-more receptions (11). White also holds franchise records for single-season receiving yards (1,389), single-season receptions (115), single-game receiving yards (210), and single-season 100-yard games (6).
Despite battling injuries in 2013, White closed out the season on a hot streak. He posted 43 catches for 502 yards with 26 first down receptions, and two touchdowns in the final five games. During that span, White ranked second behind WR Julian Edelman for the NFL lead in receptions and ranked third in receiving yards.
Since entering the League in 2005, White's 685 receptions rank eighth among active players while his 9,436 receiving yards rank fifth. His 55 touchdown catches during that time also rank 10th in the NFL. The James Island, South Carolina native has been a vital part of both the Falcons and QB Matt Ryan's development over the last six seasons. Since 2008, White has recorded 543 receptions and 7,282 receiving yards which rank fourth in the NFL during that span. Additionally, his 46 touchdown receptions over the last six seasons are tied for the fourth most in the League.
Between 2010 and 2012, White posted one of the most impressive runs by any receiver in NFL history. He finished the 2012 season with 92 catches and 1,351 yards, becoming just the fifth player in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with 90-plus receptions and 1,200-plus yards. White joined WR Marvin Harrison (1999-02), WR Torry Holt (2002-05), WR Jerry Rice (1993-96), and Chad Johnson (2003-05) as the only players to accomplish that feat. In 2010, White led the NFL with a career-high 115 receptions and ranked second with 1,389 yards. His 100 catches were the second most in the NFL and tops in the NFC in 2011, while his 1,296 yards ranked eighth. In 2012, White's 92 receptions ranked tied for 10th while his 1,351 yards ranked ninth in the League.
In 2012, White set a franchise record with his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season. He also became the sixth player in NFL history to post six straight seasons with at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards joining NFL greats Tim Brown (1993-99), Marvin Harrison (1999-06), Torry Holt (2000-07), Jerry Rice (1989-96) and Reggie Wayne (2005-10) as the only players to accomplish that feat.