"Not yet," Quinn said when asked whether the team has made a decision on White. "He’s somebody you certainly know we have such respect and admiration for as we’re building this team together. He, and some other players, go under that line. We’re not into that decision yet. And when we do regarding team-building processes, we’ll fill you guys in."
Quinn was pressed on whether the delay in the decision might be an indication that White will remain with the team, particularly with veterans such as William Moore, Justin Durant, and Paul Soliai already released or informed of an imminent release.
"We’re still in the process of everything that we’re going through, not just with Rod," Quinn said. "That every year, we’re going through this team and finding ways that we’re going to do it and build all together. I wouldn’t read into it one way or another, but we are going through the process together."
White, 34, just completed his 11th NFL season and has two years remaining on his contract. His cap number for next season is $6,137,500 -- a lofty figure considering his limited role in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s scheme -- and his salary is $4.25 million. Releasing him would provide a cap savings of $2,362,500.
On numerous occasions, White said he wants to be a "Falcon for life" and finish his career playing in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, set to open in 2017. But White also complained about his lack of touches and increased role as a blocker in Shanahan’s scheme five games into last season, and he finished the year fourth on the team in receiving with 43 catches for 506 yards and one touchdown.
Although Quinn previously said he values White’s leadership, the decision could come down to which wide receivers become available in free agency to complement top target Julio Jones. The Falcons are expected to have discussions regarding Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu if Sanu reaches free agency on March 9. Cleveland's Travis Benjamin, who made plays under Shanahan’s tutelage with the Browns, could emerge as an option as well after contract talks recently broke down.