On March 2, Roddy White was released by the only team he ever played for, the Atlanta Falcons.
White, the Falcons’ all-time leading receiver with 10,863 yards on 808 catches (and 63 touchdowns), spoke out about his diminished role last season. White, who has had a productive career with the team including six consecutive seasons with at least a thousand yards from 2007-12, didn’t felt his now-former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wanted him to be part of his team’s offense.
After not catching a pass in consecutive games near the start of the season, White expressed displeasure with his role, saying he did not want to be just a “blocker.”
“What [Shanahan] expected from me and what I expected from him was totally different,” White said. “I expected to play a bigger role in the offense, and that’s what I wanted to do. But he didn’t have that in his desires. He had other people that he wanted to play my role, so he wanted me to be out of the [offense]. That was the whole thing. And it is what it is. I can’t do nothing about it. I can’t change his way of thinking or anything like that. I can just do what I did, which was just handle my business and get myself prepared for this moment.”
If this is indeed true, White’s age at the time (he turned 34 in November last year) could have played a role in Shanahan’s decision to not utilize White. From White’s perspective he should have gotten a chance to show his worth; even though he had all of the Falcons records to prove he didn’t need to.