All-pro WR Roddy White was a no-show Friday when players reported to the Atlanta Falcons training camp. He was scheduled to report by 6:30 p.m., but didn't show up. He'll be fined $17,000 per day, as determined by the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.
The Falcons have been in discussions with White’s agent, Jonathan Feinsod, about a contract extension. He confirmed that White wasn’t at the meeting but said “no comment” when asked to elaborate.
This is White’s second training camp holdout. White held out for six days during his rookie season after being drafted out of UAB.
Early in his career, White was known more for dropping passes than catching them. He only developed into a 1,000-yard receiver in Year Three.
Last season, White caught 88 passes for 1,382 yards and seven touchdowns and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time. In 2007, he caught 83 passes for 1,202 yards and six touchdowns.
White is set to make $2.28 million in the final year of his five-year contract.
In his previous holdout, White missed the first six days of training camp. He signed a five-year contract worth $7.35 million (an escalator clause in the fifth year could take it over $10 million) with guaranteed bonuses totaling $4.470 million.
My take: Coach Mike Smith, GM Thomas Dimitroff, and owner Arthur Blank have too much momentum going to let White hold out for very long.
He was hugely instrumental in QB Matt Ryan's development last year, and any prolonged absence is only going to hurt the team. Look for this to get resolved, one way or the other, very quickly.