Roddy White says 'I'm not interested in taking a pay cut'

Atlanta Falcons veteran wide receiver Roddy White said he won't sacrifice his salary in order to remain with the team.

"I'm not interested in taking a pay cut," White told ESPN on Monday afternoon.

White, who is signed through 2017, is due $4.25 million next season and would count $6,043,750 against the salary cap. The Falcons could reduce the $4.25 million in cash due ($2.75 million base salary and $1.5 million roster bonus) and give him a chance to make it up in incentives.

White echoed the same stance he took during an interview with Steak Shapiro and former Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran on 680 the Fan radio Monday.

White, 34, saw his role reduced under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He finished 2015 fourth on the team with 43 receptions for 506 yards and one touchdown.

Last week, White said he wanted to be a Falcon "forever" and finish out his contract in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is set to open in 2017. Falcons coach Dan Quinn praised White for the leadership he showed at the end of the season, and teammates Matt Ryan and Julio Jones spoke up on White's behalf.

"He's the best [and] has been for a long time, since I've been here," Ryan said last week. "Second to none. He's as great a competitor as I've ever been around and as good a player as there is, but even better in the locker room; just a great teammate, good friend. And I'm hoping that it keeps going a long time."

White, a 2005 first-round draft pick out of UAB, has 808 career receptions for 10,863 yards and 63 touchdowns. He is the franchise's all-time leading receiver.