Roddy White, the Falcons wide receiver has spent all 11 years in Atlanta. At 34 years old he has always been the #1 receiving option even when Julio Jones joined the wideout group 4 years ago. As training camp started today, White was the center of attention. Not because of his out spoken personality and humor but because he opted to have his knee drained. He considers it a minor issue because he doesn’t want to have surgery. He has successfully avoided surgery throughout his NFL career. However, “father time” is undefeated and knocking at White’s door. White is not certain if he will need to have his knee drained during the season but is optimistic that he won’t. At least it’s only approximately 3 days down time when you have a knee drained. This means he won’t miss significant time or games if necessary.
The other half of the dynamic duo, Julio Jones, also has his share of attention. On the field, he needed his ankle re-tapped after tweaking it. He did return minutes later to practice. Off the field, he is trying to secure a new long-term contract. Jones is scheduled to make $10 million this year. It’s no secret he wants to get payed like Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. They both received 5 year/$70 million deals with $40 million of that guarenteed. Jones is a great wide receiver but will not garner a similar deal. Look for his contact to be a 5 year/$60 million deal with $30 million guaranteed.
The real question remains to be answered though – how will White, Jones, and the rest of the wide receivers fit into new Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s system?