Tony Gonzalez announces he will return for the 2013 season
"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.
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.