Roddy White signs contract extension that could make him Falcon for life

Eric Edholm
July 24, 2014
In this Aug. 8, 2013 file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) smiles on the sideline during a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Atlanta. On the eve of training camp, the Falcons have agreed to terms on a new contract with receiver White. The Falcons announced the four-year extension Thursday, July 24, 2014
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2013 file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) smiles on the sideline during a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Atlanta. On the eve of training camp, the Falcons have agreed to terms on a new contract with receiver White. The Falcons announced the four-year extension Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

It's rare to see an NFL player remain with the same team for the duration of a long career. But Roddy White apparently intends to be with the Atlanta Falcons as long as he can.

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White's four-year extension includes three additional years added to his current deal, which was slated to run out after this season, and will run through the 2017 season. At 32, White is coming off a down season — 63 passes for 711 yards, both lows since 2006 — that was plagued by injuries.

White played through a balky hamstring and yet later was forced to miss three games — the first missed games of his nine-year career. But a strong finish (43 catches, 502 yards, two TDs in the final five games last season) was enough to remind people that reports of his demise had been greatly exaggerated.

The Falcons clearly still believe in White to the point where the reported financial parameters make this quite a player-friendly deal for one of the team's most popular players.

White and Julio Jones might not be the most dynamic wide receiver duo in the league anymore, but there are few pairs who are better when healthy. If they can run like they did in 2012 (and prior), Matt Ryan and the Falcons should be very happy, even with the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.

But in a league where even Peyton Manning changed teams in the twilight of his career, White might be headed toward being a Falcon for life.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!