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Falcons, White agree to four-year contract extension

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White, 32, who's closing in on most of the team's receiving records, agreed to a four-year contract extension with the team on Thursday.

White was set to enter the final year of his contract. He wants to play at least three more years. The situation was put on hold after the shooting death of his brother Tyrone Moore Jr. over the offseason.

White was elated that the deal was completed before he was scheduled to report for camp.

"There is no doubt about it," said Jonathan Feinsod, White's long-time agent.

White is also pleased that he'll be able to end his career with the Falcons, who drafted him in the first-round of the 2005 draft out of Alabama-Birmingham.

"It's a unique situation in today's football world," Feinsod said.

Both sides had been rather quiet as negotiations were placed on the back burner. White held out of the 2009 training camp, while his six-year, $48 million deal was being hammered out.

Before the extension, White was set to make a $5 million base salary for the upcoming season.

Under general manager Thomas Dimitroff, the team has done a good job of taking care of productive players. But Jones' mega-contract is also on the horizon.

"We're always going to be an organization that rewards players for being productive on the field and good citizens off of it," said Dimitroff after White's holdout in 2009.

White, 6-foot, 211 pounds, struggled early in his career. He started to blossom in 2007.

The four-time Pro Bowler owns club records for career receptions (685), career receiving yards (9,436), career 100-yard receiving games (37) and career games with 10-or-more receptions (11). White also holds franchise records for single-season receiving yards (1,389), single-season receptions (115), single-game receiving yards (210) and single-season 100-yard games (6).

Last season, White struggled as he battled through injuries. After trying to play on a high ankle sprain and then a hamstring injury, White rebounded to catch 43 passes for 502 yards and two touchdowns.

White's 685 receptions rank eighth among active players while his 9,436 receiving yards rank fifth. His 55 touchdown catches during that time also rank 10th in the NFL.

Between 2010 and 2012, White posted one of the most impressive runs by any receiver in NFL history. He finished the 2012 season with 92 catches and 1,351 yards, becoming just the fifth player in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with 90-plus receptions and 1,200-plus yards.

White joined Marvin Harrison (1999-02), Torry Holt (2002-05), Jerry Rice (1993-96),and Chad Johnson (2003-05) as the only players to accomplish that feat.

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