Tony Gonzalez announces he will return for the 2013 season

3/12/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

After pegging his chances of retiring at 97% less than two months ago, tight end Tony Gonzalez has officially announced that he will play another season in the NFL. Speculation all along has suggested that Gonzalez was more likely to continue his career than he was leading on, and reports over the past few days made it sound likely that he would be in the league again next season. Gonzalez confirmed his desire to return on Tuesday.

"After discussing it with my family and really, truly struggling with the decision, I informed the Falcons I would like to return for one more shot," Gonzalez said. It has been suggested that part of the reason he wants to return is because there is currently no "golden job" opportunities in television, which is apparently in Gonzalez's post-NFL plans.
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Gonzalez is technically an unrestricted free agent, but the thought all along has been that if he decided against retirement, he would only consider playing for the Falcons. It's an enormous win for the Falcons, who would have had to look long and hard for a player to contribute something remotely similar to what Gonzalez gave them last season. Despite playing the 2012 season at the age of 36, Gonzalez led the Falcons in receptions, was third in receiving yards, and second in touchdown receptions. He was an All-Pro selection for the sixth time in his career, and also made his 13th Pro Bowl.

The Falcon who may be happiest about Gonzalez's return is Matt Ryan, who frequently used him as an elite security blanket who fought for balls and provided an easy target. The Falcons will now enter the 2013 season with one of the premier passing attacks in football, as the electrifying trio of Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez will be back on the field together with Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan throwing them passes.

It may be bold to expect Gonzalez to post another 93/930/8 line next season at 37 years old, but fantasy owners can pencil him in as a durable TE1 who should provide even better value in PPR formats. Of a possible 256 career games, Gonzalez has played in 254.

Fans of rival NFC South teams may not be happy, but the rest of us should appreciate the greatest tight end of all-time during what may be his final season.
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3/13/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

One year is fine, just please Tony don't say your going to retire again and then come back again.  I don't want to compare you to Brett Favre, and besides that I am sure ESPN doesn't want to have to pay ED Werder all those frequent flyer miles again following your every step, the way they had to during Brett's 5-7 times retiring.wink

3/13/13   |   Thunda   |   238 respect

Glad to here Tony G. will be back for another year. The guy is a phenomenal athlete. As a KC fan I am still sick that they couldn't get things together when he was there. In that respect I'm glad they haven't won a SB. Tony will be great even if he doesn't win a SB, but I would sure like to see him on a SB winning team. He is a class act and deserves it.