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Roddy White plans to 'be a Falcon for life,' despite trade rumors

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White backed down from complaints about the Falcons offense and said he wants to stay with the team for the rest of his career.

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Roddy White previously stirred up talks that he could be traded when he complained about his role with the Atlanta Falcons, but the veteran wide receiver told reporters on Sunday that he is dedicated to remain a member of the team that drafted him in 2005.

"I'm a Falcon. I'll be a Falcon for life," White told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I've dedicated everything I've got to this team and this organization. I'm going to continue to do that. I'm going to continue each and every week to get better, be a better football player and try to win."

The Falcons improved to 5-0 with an overtime win over Washington on Sunday, but White had just two receptions for 23 yards in the game. It upped his season total to eight receptions for 115 yards, the most meager pace of his career.

After 952 combined receiving yards in his first two seasons, White rattled off six straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards before his production dipped to 711 yards in 13 games in 2013. The emergence of Julio Jones as a star in the NFL and the recent establishment of Leonard Hankerson as a No. 2 option for the Falcons frustrated White, who has been targeted just 17 times in five games.

"For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes," White told ESPN.com. "I'm not out here just f---ing around just to sit around to just block f---ing people all day. It's not what I want to do.

"I've contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years. It always bothers me when I go out and don't catch any balls in a game because it hasn't happened in so long."

A "high-ranking official" for the Falcons told the Journal-Constitution that a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport of trade inquiries was untrue. While Rapoport said three teams called the Falcons with interest in White, the official said that the team received no calls and planned on keeping the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

With Jones continuing to deal with hamstring issues and Hankerson suffering from a rib injury that happened in Week 5, White is as valuable to the Falcons offense now as he'll likely be all season. Still, he will also probably remain a subject of rumors until the trade deadline on Oct. 28.

For now, both White and the Falcons are expressing their commitment to each other, but the trade deadline will be the true test of that commitment.