Roddy White returned to training camp today and was the 1st one in line for drills. It was a welcome sight to Falcon fans as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL – and Matt Ryan’s favorite target from 2008 – was absent since the start of camp.
After Harry Douglas was lost for the season, White’s signing was crucial for Atlanta. Veterans Marty Booker and Robert Ferguson were signed, but neither are capable of being a #1 receiver. White’s contract ends up being 6 years and $50 million, locking up the Pro Bowler until the age of 33 years old. Considering #7 draft pick Heyward-Bey in Oakland just got a little less than that – it was a good value for Atlanta to keep such a weapon for Ryan around the next 6 years.