Good for White. He got his Top 3 contract, received a bucketload of guaranteed money, and now he gets to back it up on the field. According the ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas (of NFC South Blog fame)
A source said White’s deal is for six years and $50 million ($18 million guaranteed). It makes him the third-highest paid receiver in the NFL behind Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, who averages $10 million a year, and Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers.
This little bit from the ajc shows why it was key to get the contract situation resolved as soon as possible.
The signing of White was extremely important to the continued growth of second-year quarterback Matt Ryan and the offense. Last season, Ryan threw 34 percent of his pass attempts in White’s direction as he guided the team to an 11-5 record and playoff appearance.
White turned in a spectacular season in 2008, setting a franchise record with 1,382 yards and earning his first Pro Bowl trip. It was White’s second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season.
Hopefully no harm, no foul, and things return to normal when the Falcons resume training camp on Monday.