Both the AJC and ESPN reported over the weekend that the Falcons are in the process of negotiating a long-term extension with receiver Roddy White. White is entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed back in 2005. This year due to escalators in his contract, he will make $2.28 million in base salary instead of the $780,000 as originally expected in his contract, as it was first reported by Scout.com in March.
However, the Falcons may not be in a rush to get White signed so quickly due to the looming status of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. If there is no extension of the deal before free agency starts next March, then White will only be a restricted free agent. 2010 will be an uncapped season under the current CBA, and only players with six or more years of experience will be allowed to test unrestricted free agency. Since White is entering only his fifth season, his free agency status will be limited.