The Atlanta Falcons cut longtime Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White Wednesday after 11 seasons with the team.
“Roddy is one of the greatest players to ever put on a Falcons uniform, and even more importantly he is a man of tremendous character that I and my entire family have profound personal affection and respect for,” said Falcons Owner and Chairman Arthur Blank. “I have developed a special relationship with him over the years, my children have grown admiring him and our partners and I all share a debt of gratitude for what he has meant to us and our team. Truly, there are no words to adequately express my thanks for all he has meant to me, my family, the Falcons and to this community, both on and off the field.
Blank went on to point out that the team is looking at ways to create salary cap room on the team’s roster, and as a result, made the difficult decision to part ways with White.
White was originally selected by the Falcons in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He is the team’s all-time leading receiver, tallying 808 catches and 10,863 receiving yards over his time with the Falcons. He finished 2015 with 43 receptions for 506 yards and one touchdown.
“Roddy is one of the best competitors and warriors I have ever been around,” Head Coach Dan Quinn said. “He was one of the first players I reached out to when I was hired here, and I want to thank him for his professionalism and leadership. Although this was a difficult decision, we feel this is best for everyone as we continue to put this team together, not just for the 2016 season, but for the future as well.”
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