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

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) warms up before the first of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Unrestricted free-agent wide receiver Roddy White will turn 35 just a short time after the 2016 NFL season gets underway, but he is currently searching for a team to play for. 

Continue for updates.

Titans Interested in White

Saturday, July 30

White is currently "on the radar" of the Tennessee Titans, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, who added he won't take a minimum-salary offer. 

Bucs Linked to White

Saturday, July 30

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considered "a team to watch" for White, largely due to head coach Dirk Koetter, who is the former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator, per Florio.

White Talking with Teams, Wants to Play in 2016

Tuesday, July 26

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Tuesday, White is "in contact with a few teams and wants to play."

White Looking for Another Chance After Strong Career in Atlanta 

White spent his first 11 NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons where he is the franchise leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns. 

He recorded six straight seasons from 2007 to 2012 of 1,000 or more yards and led the NFL in 2010 with 115 receptions. But three subpar seasons resulted in his release from the team in March even with two years remaining on his contract. 

While some might consider it a shrewd way to treat one of the franchise's best players, White revealed to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure that he saw the writing on the wall:

They showed no indication that I was going to be there, so I kind of expected it already. Like last year going through the whole situation, I knew I was going to be on the team because they said I was going to be on the team. But this year, they didn't say that. They never gave any clear indication I was going to be there.

He was quick to point out in March to ESPN's Josina Anderson, via McClure, that he wanted to play "another year or two." However, he hasn't jumped at his first chances of signing with a new team, as he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in June that he is looking for the right situation:

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. 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.

He added that if a contender didn't come calling, then he would retire. It's unclear if he echoed those sentiments to Rapoport's sources on Tuesday, though. 

Those standards could be the reason why White hasn't signed as of yet despite it looking like he's gotten plenty of interest from numerous teams. For a veteran pass-catcher with Pro Bowl skills, albeit aging, White could be a receiver who can add a dangerous dimension to a contending passing attack as he continues his search for a Super Bowl ring. 

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.


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