D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the contract talks between the Falcons and disgruntled wideout Roddy White have taken a turn for the worse. Per a statement from Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, both parties appear to be digging in and the potential for an impasse could occur soon.
“I’m a little bit disappointed with the direction that the negotiations are going at this point. It’s one of those situations where both parties are digging in and feel strongly about their case…We want Roddy to be here for a long, long time. But there comes a point in training camp where it is a disadvantage to Roddy himself. Our thought is that soon enough, we’ll have to move forward and re-address this at the end of the season.”
— Thomas Dimitroff
Reportedly, White is looking for a contract in the same ballpark as the one signed by wideout Larry Fitzgerald in March 2008. Fitzgerald received a four-year $40 million extension from the Arizona Cardinals which included $30 million in guaranteed money. But the Falcons aren’t keen on paying him that much. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on his twitter page that it is “categorically false” that White is seeking more than Fitzgerald. Last season, Fitzgerald led the NFC in receptions (96) and receiving yards (1,431), as well as the entire league with 12 receiving touchdowns. White had 88 catches for 1,382 yards and 7 touchdowns last season.
Per the report, the Falcons could be close to withdrawing their offer and suspending contract talks until the end of the season. Pro Football Talk.com cited league sources on Monday that indicated there were some personal conflicts between members of the Falcons front office and White’s representation. White already faces fines of roughly $16,000 for each day of camp he misses, but could be fined even greater amounts if he decides to skip preseason games.