Tony Gonzalez will return to Falcons for one more season

March 12, 2013

This is not how Tony Gonzalez will go out after all. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters)

Not so fast with the retirement talk for Tony Gonzalez.

The tight end, who trails only Jerry Rice in NFL receptions, has given his agent permission to talk to the Atlanta Falcons about a deal that would bring him back for his 17th season, USA Today’s Jarrett Bell reported. Yahoo’s Michael Silver reports that Tom Condon, Gonzalez’s agent, will seek $7 million and a shorter training camp.

“After discussing it with my family and really, truly struggling with this decision, I informed the Falcons I would like to return for one more shot,” Gonzalez told Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.

Gonzalez, 37, said he thought he was finished when the Falcons lost to the 49ers in the NFC championship game. The Falcons’ playoff run triggered an avalanche of Gonzalez retirement stories.

“I was done, I thought I had my mind made up,” said Gonzalez. “This whole year I knew it would be my last, but the way our final game ended and talking to all the guys in the locker room, in the end it was too difficult of a way for me to step away from the game. It’s not often in a career you’re around a group like we have down in Atlanta.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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