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Roddy White: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent WR

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 03:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on January 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Falcons veteran wide receiver Roddy White remains a free agent, though he confirmed to Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he's had plenty of interest in his services.

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White Will Only Sign with a Super Bowl Contender

Thursday, June 9

“When my agent and I went down the list and I saw the teams that really needed wide receivers, I was like, ‘Wow, I really don’t want to go there,'" White told Schultz. "I knew I couldn’t win with any of those teams. At this point of my career, I don’t want to be dragging my feet in Week 13 just to have an opportunity to be 4-10 next week.”

White acknowledged to Schultz that if he couldn't sign with a team he deems to be a legitimate contender—a list of about six teams, according to White—he would happily retire:

I’ve literally prepared myself for it. I’ve talked to my financial adviser and he said I’m fine if I decide to quit. But I’ve always played this game to win a Super Bowl. I thought I’d get with the Falcons and we’d win a championship and everything I wanted in my career would be fulfilled. I’ve been on good teams and bad teams, but at this point I don’t have the energy to be on teams that can’t win now.

White did tell Josina Anderson of ESPN in March after he was cut by the Falcons he would like to play another year or two. But he hasn't exactly been losing sleep about not signing with a team to this point of the offseason.

“Who wants to do OTAs anyway?” he told Schultz.

White, 34, is coming off of one of his least productive NFL seasons, registering 43 receptions for 506 yards and one touchdown. It was the third straight year he failed to post 1,000 receiving yards, and it marked his fewest receptions and touchdowns since 2006.

He's clearly lost a step later in his career and simply isn't a starting-caliber player any longer, though White is still a savvy veteran who could contribute as a team's fourth or fifth receiver.

Whether contending teams feel he can make a major impact for them is quite another factor altogether, however, as White was clearly phased out of Atlanta's game plan while Julio Jones, Jacob Tamme and Devonta Freeman had much bigger impacts in the passing game (and a healthier Leonard Hankerson would have as well).

Regardless, White seems to have found peace with the possibility of retiring.

“I’ll let it go into the season, maybe Week 4 or 5,” he said of signing with a contender, per Schultz. “If it doesn’t happen, I’ll be putting my cleats on a power line, just like Marshawn Lynch.”

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