Tony Gonzalez Update Will He Be A Falcon In 2013?
After the loss to San Francisco in the NFC Championship game, the latest Tony Gonzalez update was almost certain retirement. Things may have changed for the Falcons starting tight end. We knew that Mike Smith would have to talk to Gonzalez, if for nothing else, try to increase that 5% chance of his return.
In what I consider shocking news, at least the timing, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, made some bold statements. Reports from an NBC interview on Thursday, Dimitroff was quoted using “50/50″ as a better guideline for a Gonzalez return in 2013. Like I said, the timing is strange. So early after the close of the 2012 NFL season, and already the rumors start?
This seems a little like hopes and dreams from the Falcons, but Dimitroff went on to say “they’ve had talks” later in the interview. Clearly something has been said, but I want to hear it from the horse’s mouth. This type of Tony Gonzalez update can’t be taken too seriously at this point, but where’s there’s smoke…
Maybe Gonzalez realized what we all already knew, he still has too much in the tank to walk away. On a team so close to Super Bowl, and getting the playoff win, Gonzalez may have realized how close a ring could be. Nothing worse than to retire, then watch the Falcons carry the Lombardi home his first year away.
We will follow-up on this and any Tony Gonzalez update, but I haven’t heard of a GM stepping that far out with no cause. Atlanta could use the first ballot TE in 2013, and Falcons fans would love to know he’s suiting up again. Maybe the Falcons could muster some Ray Lewis like magic that Baltimore found, and send Tony out an NFL Champion for his last ride?
“Tony has done so much for us on and off the field and I don’t believe, not stating that he would be lying to anyone, but I don’t believe the 95 percent,” Dimitroff said Thursday on NBC Sports Network’s “Pro Football Talk.” “I want to believe it’s a lot closer to 50/50, to be honest with you, and we’ve had discussions.”…More at Tony Gonzalez’s return is more 50/50, Falcons GM says – NFL News
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