Falcons: Will they show White the money?

Falcons All-Pro defensive end John Abraham doesn't plan to holdout.

Falcons All-Pro defensive end John Abraham doesn't plan to holdout.

The smooth sailing for Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith figures to continue.

They’ll have to get the remaining three rookie draft picks – first rounder Peria Jerry, second rounder William Moore and fourth rounder Lawrence Sidbury – signed before camp opens. That shouldn’t be a problem.

Good to know that Abraham, while open to a contract extension or enhancer, plans to be on time for camp.

Abraham’s camp should be ticked about American Idol host Ryan Seacrest getting $15 million a year for three years ($45 million), according to the Hollywood Reporter. How many sacks did Seacreast get last season? Was he even All-Dekalb County when he went to Dunwoody High? What a fine hustle he has going. Good for Seacrest.

After settling the rookies and welcoming Abraham to camp, there’s that little matter or Roddy White’s contract extension. The Falcons need to lock up their Pro Bowl wide receiver, but are under no duress to do.

    Will White do back flip if he gets a deal that averages more than $10 million a year? You betta cha!

Will White do back flip if he gets a deal that averages more than $10 million a year? You bet cha!

The league is set for an uncapped year in 2010 because the owners elected to “opt out” of the collective bargaining agreement. A new deal needs to be in place by February 2010 or teams will have that “uncapped” year in 2010.

If White and the Falcons don’t reach a deal, under the old rules, he was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. If the “uncapped” year scenario takes hold, White would become a restricted free agent for one year and could hit the open market after the 2010 season.

Of course, the Falcons can make this a moot point by working out an extension now. Recently, Green Bay did a three-year, $27-million extension with Greg Jennings. Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million deal in 2008.
Looks like White, who’s set to make $2.28 million this year, is headed for a $10 million-plus a year deal.

BABS HELPS WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Falcons defensive end Jonathan Babineaux helped to distribute

Jonathan Babineaux

Jonathan Babineaux

bookbags filled with school supplies to 3,000 underserved students last Saturday at Hosea Feed The Hungry & Homeless’s (HFTH) annual Back to School Jamboree at Turner Field.

Celebrating 40 years of community service, Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless (HFTH) implemented the “School Readiness” Back to School Jamboree initiative to help the approximately 12% of the Atlanta Public School students who are homeless.

V-103's Elle Duncan.

V-103's Elle Duncan

ELLE DUNCAN AND TURNER?: Ran across one of those rauchy gossip sites. Think it was LipstickAlley.com and there was an item suggesting that Falcons running back Michael Turner and V-103 personality Elle Duncan were an item. Check out the video link.

Could we have our very own Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo romance brewing?

Jessica Simpson is available.

Jessica Simpson is available.

I guess the lovely Ms. Simpson is available again. I was looking forward to seeing her when the Falcons play the Cowboys in October.

FROM THE LINKS: Falcons vice president of communications Reggie Roberts won the Marshall McLuhan Open. It was a complete and thorough defeat for yours truly. Roberts won by 10 strokes.

I was down six strokes at the turn and was ready to make one of those Tiger charges to victory. Could not get to the fairways in regulation to show off the new short game that I spent a month working on.

On the back nine, Roberts remained steady and went away with the victory. Any master of communications knows that “the message is in the medium.”

Reggie Roberts, Falcons VP. "You're going down!!"

Reggie Roberts, Falcons VP of Communications, has won the media showdown two years in row now.

Just a couple of more weeks until the opening of Training Camp on Aug. 1.

273 comments Add your comment

Unca' Bob

July 14th, 2009
12:20 pm

D-led,

They need to come up with something. We need him locked down.

Unca' Bob

July 14th, 2009
12:33 pm

D-Led,

I may as well comment before anyone else does on Ms. Simpson very large pair of sunglasses.

Gabron Salome

July 14th, 2009
12:51 pm

Please I beg on bended knee. Show him the money!!!

WR

July 14th, 2009
1:00 pm

Unca’Bob, large glasses, okay for the sake of argument I will agree, maybe its just me but the glasses weren’t the first thing to catch my eye, I’m still human,but gotta focus on football.

I think the birds will show Roddy the money, its also good to know that Abe will be in camp. I’m not a GM but maybe the birds should add an incentive bonus to Abe’s current contract. If he plays a certain percentage of the overall plays on defense, he gets this, if he has so many sacks, he gets that, if he somehow becomes the defensive player of the year, he gets alot of this, and if the Falcons make the superbowl, he gets alot of that.

ctfalconsfan

July 14th, 2009
1:05 pm

White deserves the money sooner rather than later. Let’s not have this as an issue/distraction going into the season..

Falcon Devil

July 14th, 2009
1:37 pm

I’m not so sure about this. While Roddy was amazing last year his poor hands did cost us the Denver game. I would rather spend 10+ mil a year on Anquan Boldin rather than White today. I think we should wait a year and see if his play is consistent enough to demand top 5 money. If he has another sick year then yeh, give him the best contract in the league! Look at Braylon Edwards… on year he was a top 3 reciever, the next he has the most drops in the league. I say wait one year if Roddy wants the biggest WR contract to date. If we want to spend $10+ mil it needs to be a sure thing. I love Roddy but his play has been a rollercoaster. If he is willing to go to less than $9 million a year then extend the contract now.

v-dub

July 14th, 2009
1:51 pm

I seen turner and elle at the varsity together. I’m sure they are an item. He paid for their dinner.

NFLPA

July 14th, 2009
2:00 pm

Art Blank either pay Roddy White & John Abraham for their worth or my players will be hold-outs. Don’t believe everything you read online – my clients have one thing to say – “Pay me or don’t play me”.

If you can give away 72-million dollars to a 5th year college qb who rode the jock of Mike Turner, you can surely pay the “real” contributing players.

Falcon Devil

July 14th, 2009
2:00 pm

Big spender…

Falcon Devil

July 14th, 2009
2:11 pm

NFLPA… YOUR players are on Madden 08 and Blank’s players are NFL atheletes. Abraham is making great money and the contract is on par with his performance. It was a highly lucrative deal when it was signed and still is. Neither player will hold out, you remind me of some colorful characters that used to be on this board… must be depressing for yall these days.

Go Falcons!!

Southside Falcon

July 14th, 2009
2:30 pm

PLEASE give Roddy the money he deserves it. Faclon Devil: he did it twice my friend in 07 and 08 time to pay up thats 2yrs in a row. Also the defense cost us the game in the nfl the last play should almost never be the determining factor in a win.

Southside Falcon

July 14th, 2009
2:33 pm

Also he did wth the horrible QB situation that year(2007) gotta give him(Roddy White)that.

Billy

July 14th, 2009
2:38 pm

rod- lay off my home boy d3. He’s a busy man with deadlines to meet. You wouldn’t survive 3 weeks at the paper.

Goldenglove002

July 14th, 2009
2:44 pm

If Fitzgerald signed for 4/40 and jennings signed for 3/27, the 4/37 sounds pretty reasonable for White. I’d say his value is somewhere between the 2 of them. I don’t think he should be making more than 10 MIL a year yet, I really don’t know if he is truely the elite WR some people see him as. He’s good, but he sure isn’t Larry Fitzgerald yet.

Zoomie

July 14th, 2009
2:54 pm

We need to try to get a deal done with White. I don’t think he’s shown worth of $10 million a year, but he’s proven worth greater than $2.28 million. That leaves a lot of room to work a deal that makes everybody happy.

Oh, and Unca Bob, those sunglasses aren’t real.

TBizzle

July 14th, 2009
3:05 pm

Falcon Devil,
Roddy did not cost anybody the game. The defense let the Broncos march down the field in seconds late in the 4th to take the lead, which then gave the Falcons one last possession to try to retake the lead/win the game.

That said, how many games did the Falcons win because of Roddy? One bad play does not mean he’s not worth a lucrative contract extension. If Jenkins got his, why shouldn’t Roddy?

Rollercoaster play? Yeah, if you call having over 2,500 yards in the past two seasons a rollercoaster.

MountainDawg

July 14th, 2009
3:09 pm

White was “made” into a Pro-Bowler thanks to the accurate arm of Matty Ice. Without a stud QB like Ryan, White is a journeyman WR (at best).

Spud Webb

July 14th, 2009
3:18 pm

Not sure why John A would even consider holding out. One great season isn’t a reason to renegotiate. He’s getting paid plenty in my mind. And he’s got a lot of miles on him & a lot of injuries, I’d be very, very careful investing too much more into abe.
I love hot rod, but you think he’s going to get more than fitz?? NO WAY. I bet something like a 4 yr & between 32 & 35 million. He should be happy with that and that won’t stiffle the team cap wise for years to come.
Great offseason falcons, keep up the good work.

KD

July 14th, 2009
3:29 pm

ROMO IS A ——. IF I WERE WITH JESSICA AND WE JUST HAPPENED TO GET MARRIED, YOU COULD CALL ME MR.JESSICA SIMPSON !!!!

Reid Adair

July 14th, 2009
3:32 pm

Pulling a one-year joke like that on Roddy White would be a mistake. Make a long-term commitment to him now. Stop wasting time.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 14th, 2009
3:41 pm

ROD: You are the editor!!! Thanks. Had to get some other things done and get back to the blog.

UNCA’ Bob: Those are some big sunglasses!

V-DUB: Thanks for the intel.

Intramural Team is Aggressive

July 14th, 2009
3:41 pm

Falcon Devil, I respect your opinion, but one play in one game last year does not negate a full year of performance. White has put together back-to-back 1200+ yard seasons. His drops have decreased drastically when compared to the number of targets he gets. (He had 148 targets according to National Football Post, he caught 60% of those passes, and only 8 of those were drops). He was 4th in the NFL in receiving yards last year, 9th in catches, and 5th in YPG. Plus he was sixth in the NFL in catches for 1st downs (by the way, Tony Gonzalez was second in that category, and we now are the only team in the NFL with two of the top 10 in this category).

Point is he’s well worth the investment in the long-term. Boldin and Fitz get a lot of pub, but Roddy’s numbers are comparable. Also White has more receiving yards than Boldin over the past two seasons.

doo mauh mauh maunz

July 14th, 2009
3:46 pm

NFLPA……….you need to go back and watch 2008 highlites. Turner rode on Matt’s jock several times also. That’s why it’s a team now and not a one trick pony show anymore……….stupid!

Matty Ice

July 14th, 2009
3:47 pm

I got 72-million before I ever played a down – why is that?

Intramural Team is Aggressive

July 14th, 2009
3:49 pm

And MountainDawg, I suppose that’s why he went for over 1200 yards with Harrington/Leftwich/Redman at the helm. Matty Ice didn’t make White, he makes him that much more dangerous.

NFLPA

July 14th, 2009
3:49 pm

It must be real hard to hand the ball off 339 times.

Intramural Team is Aggressive

July 14th, 2009
3:50 pm

Matty Ice, the owners will be asking the players union that very thing come next year.

NFLPA

July 14th, 2009
3:51 pm

Who made the pro bowl – Turner or Matty Ice? End of conversation!

Intramural Team is Aggressive

July 14th, 2009
3:58 pm

Question: Name the only starting Falcons QB to have at least an 85 QB Rating in this decade.

HINT: His name doesn’t rhyme with Pike Slick.

ChippersLoveChild

July 14th, 2009
4:00 pm

I like White and think he is definitely deserving of an extension, but I’d put his salary just below Fitzgerald and Jennings. I think a deal more along the lines of 3 or 4 yr extension and 8 mil a season would be good. White isn’t better than Jennings or Fitzgerald.

Intramural Team is Aggressive

July 14th, 2009
4:02 pm

Even better question, name the only Falcons QB to throw for more than 3000 yards this decade.

Rico

July 14th, 2009
4:09 pm

“Inatramural Team Is Aggressive”

Here’s another question for you. Name a Falcons team that was put together this decade with coaches who actually know what they’re doing after (you know who) broke his leg in 2003?

Unca' Bob

July 14th, 2009
4:12 pm

Intramural Team is Aggressive

July 14th, 2009
4:02 pm
Even better question, name the only Falcons QB to throw for more than 3000 yards this decade.

Where’s my hint?

D3

July 14th, 2009
4:12 pm

Good Tuesday Afternoon Fellas and Gals in the ‘Cage! Hope all is going well as we creep ever so closely to Training Camp time. Starting to feel it in the air, even though its still hot as Hades, but July will soon be August and that’s the month of pure excitement and anticipation. I’ve learned to roll through and enjoy August instead of hating it, especially with this Training Camp coming up. Love a new post……

DOL – nice post as usual; what are the Falcons waiting on with Roddy? I don’t quite get why they stringing this one out. The market has set around him, so its time. They certainly are taking their time with P.Jerry, W.Moore, & L.Sidbury as well. Still don’t get why Sidbury has dragged on this long as a 4th round pick. C’mon man, what happened on the links? Close or a beatdown?

Abe – great news on Abraham. Good of his agent to come out and quash the rumors once and for all. It does nothing but feed into the contingent among fans that he may not be the most committed, but good to hear he won’t be a holdout. After all, he has a contract and he’s due to get paid $8 million in 2 years. He does play football for a living after all, a position any number of 100 million people would die to do.

Seacrest Banking – $15 million a year? Wow. He gained some respect after he appeared in Judd Apatow’s movie “Knocked Up” and was letting the curse words fly all around the studio.

Pay the Man His Money – the market has settled and its time to lock-up Roddy White as a cornerstone of our franchise that he is. Pro-Bowl receiver that has developed a magnificent relationship with Matty Ice. He probably deserves somewhere in between Fitzgerald and Jennings.

Great Work for Babs – excellent to see one of our players continuing their committment to helping people in the community, especially kids.

Jessica Romo – D@–, now I can’t use my favorite line when trashing pretty boy Romo, who loves to wear his hat backwards and takes vacations the week before a HUGE playoff game at home, which they lost. What a chump! May be an idiot, but she sure is one hot tamale.

More to come……….

Falcon Devil

July 14th, 2009
4:13 pm

I agree with Chipper. Don’t get me wrong, Roddy White is a great number 1 reciever. I think he should be paid accordingly. However I don’t believe he is worth more than Larry Fitz and honestly I think Boldin is more talented. Boldin has less yards than Roddy because he is on the same team as the best WR in the game. If pay is based on performance then Roddy should be getting paid the 6th most of all WR’s because thats where his stats fall on average. Not $10+ million a year. If Roddy is willing to meet in the middle at $7.5-$9 million then thats fair. If he wants more then we should ride him out this year and see if he still deserves number 1 money. I do realize his last two seasons have been great but not the best in the NFL.

Intramural Team is Aggressive

July 14th, 2009
4:23 pm

As far as Jennings goes, the last time Jennings outperformed White in receiving yardage was 2006-07. Over the past two seasons, White has definitely outperformed Jennings. Regardless, I will agree that he’s not on Fitz’s level. I will even recognize that Boldin takes a dive in yardage because of the targets Fitz gets. But in terms of a “go-to” guy, Roddy is up right up there as one of the best in the league. He may not deserve Fitz’s level of money, but he certainly deserves AT LEAST on the level of Jennings, and probably more.

Intramural Team is Aggressive

July 14th, 2009
4:26 pm

And Unca: Your hint is that he didn’t take us to a Super Bowl and he didn’t play in the Penitentiary Bowl

Falcon Devil

July 14th, 2009
4:30 pm

We should be trying to lockup Norwood too, but I’m afraid he will be starting for Seattle or the Browns when he contract is out.

Falcon Devil

July 14th, 2009
4:30 pm

Intramural Team is Aggressive

July 14th, 2009
4:31 pm

And Rico: Awesome point if you mean that our coaching has been terrible, but terrible point if you mean that Vick was a halfway decent passer.

Falcon Devil

July 14th, 2009
4:34 pm

Help meeeee help you!!!

D3

July 14th, 2009
4:37 pm

Looks like there’s some good ol’ Hate-Fishing in the Bird-Cage. Keep your eyes on the ball and lets talk some good, intelligent football. No need to even validate those opinions.

Unca’ Bob – Which pair of “sunglasses”? Couldn’t resist.

Gabron Salome – Agreed. Seriously, its time to pay up. They need to quit waiting for waiting sake, which is what it looks like they’re doing right now. Pay the man his dough!

WR – good idea on giving Abe incentives to add to his salary. If repeats another year like last he can only help himself. It would be a win-win that wouldn’t hurt the Falcons too much financially.

ctfalconsfan – you got it. If Camp starts with no new contract, thats all the national media will be talking about. Get it done already.

Falcon Devil – where you been bro’? Long time. Good to have you back; have you returned for good? Good point on Edwards, but I think Roddy will only get better with a solidified and successful QB at the helm. And Roddy has certainly gone through bad times and overcome it, which Edwards didn’t have until last year. Anquan Boldin is getting on up there in age and a little bit more injury prone than White. I think the last two years, he’s finally turned the corner as a Pro.

Southside Falcon – Nice argument on Roddy in Denver game. That was a catchable ball and should have been caught, but that was a 3rd and 16 desperate pass attempt. If anyone needs calling out in that game, squarely on the Defense. Chris Houston getting torched for a 47 yards pass play by Brandon Marshall on 3rd & 17 (I think) with less than 4 minutes sure as the H didn’t help.

Billy – thanks, I guess. But DOL is the beat writer and I (D3) am just a fan who likes posting in here. But I appreciate it. Definitely not the place for serious grammar work.

Goldenglove – nice point on Roddy being between Fitzgerald and Jennings. Jennings may have been overpaid a touch, but he is a year or two younger than Roddy. And no, Roddy’s not Fitzgerald yet.

Zoomie – In actual market terms, Roddy may not actually be worth $9 or $10 million, but it looks like that’s what his agent can reasonably ask for since Jennings signed his extension. That really hurt the Falcons position. They could have easily argued that he’s no Fitzgerald, but not that he’s not better than Jennings.

Spud Webb – very true. I looks like they don’t really plan to invest too much more money in Abe since they have Chauncey Davis signed close to starter’s money, Biermann with 2 sacks in limited time last year, and Sidbury as an eventual replacement for Abe or J.Anderson if he doesn’t produce.

Intramural Team is Aggressive

July 14th, 2009
4:44 pm

I definitely agree with you on trying to lock up Norwood, but realistically that’s not going to happen. He has yet to prove he’s an every down back, but he sure won’t mind trying with a new team once he’s no longer under contract.

Falcon Devil

July 14th, 2009
4:46 pm

D3 – What up dude? Yeh man I like to poke my head in now and then when there is an actual football related topic. Starting to get ancy for August!

NFLPA

July 14th, 2009
4:48 pm

Inatramural Team Is Aggressive” – question for you:

Who is the only Falcon qb this decade to be 1 & done in the playoffs?

Hint: He played 5 years of college ball.

NFLPA

July 14th, 2009
4:51 pm

Inatramural Team Is Aggressive”……here is another:

Name the only Falcon qb this decade that had a pro bowl rb & pro bowl wr, but still didn’t win a playoff game?

Hint: He is constantly referred as a word sounding like rust.

NFLPA

July 14th, 2009
4:54 pm

Inatramural Team Is Aggressive” —– try this one:

Who is the only Falcon qb this decade that started 16 games but didn’t get elected to the pro bowl?

Hint: He had a qb rating of 29 against Tampa in 2008.

Rachel Ray

July 14th, 2009
4:58 pm

I am so drunk right now.

D3

July 14th, 2009
4:59 pm

Intramural – great to have your excellent insights here in the ‘Cage. Hate to agree with you on Norwood. He will likely look to get paid some serious mullah, and a ton of teams will be ready to shower him with money. It certainly worked out for us here in Atlanta. Tons of teams will be frothing at the mouth to add Norwood’s speed. The only way he stays will be if HE wants to. Otherwise, long gone. Time to get TBrown or Snelling ready for that role. By the way, don’t even acknowledge that divisive, vitriolic BS that your trying to get baited into.

NFLPA

July 14th, 2009
5:02 pm

I hate my life. I wish I had a franchise QB to root for… you Falcons are lucky.