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Tony Gonzalez signs extension with Falcons

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Tony Gonzalez will not be retiring just yet.

Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the Falcons tight end finalized a one-year, $7 million extension with Atlanta on Saturday. He’ll be back for his 16th NFL season.

It was believed Gonzo could retire, but he’s clearly still able to play at a high level. He has 79 catches for 867 yards and seven touchdowns this year, which is better than his production the previous two years.

UPDATE 1:23 p.m. ET: The Falcons confirmed the one-year deal.

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11 Responses to “Tony Gonzalez signs extension with Falcons”
  1. joeymichaelsstudios says: Jan 1, 2012 12:51 PM

    Gonzo….He keeps going…and going…and going.

  2. clavette says: Jan 1, 2012 12:55 PM

    wonder if he will retire if they make a run and win the super bowl. then again 7 mil is a lot of money

  3. gerard33 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:55 PM

    Lots of KC fans hoping to see him win some playoff games.

  4. seatownballers says: Jan 1, 2012 12:56 PM

    This is a smart move by the falcons. I believe they will draft a tight end also. This buys the rookie time to adjust to the speed of the nfl, and get stellar help from a future hall of famer

  5. lilrob10201 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:56 PM

    He earned it.The best TE in NFL history.

  6. mmcdan133 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:59 PM

    Best tight end I’ve ever seen. His extreme durability and how well he’s taken care of himself are truly a marvel.

  7. jdandcoke says: Jan 1, 2012 1:01 PM

    an awesome TE, maybe the best ever. he’s not winning a SB with atanta though, not with rodgers and brees in the same conference.

  8. kentrut876 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:08 PM

    Well earned!!! He is the best TE I’be seen since Kellen Winslow SENIOR. He has set a great example for others to follow, good to know he will be back…..

  9. catfish252 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:09 PM

    The man is a true class act — deserves every penny, nice to see him taken care of; but then I wouldn’t expect less from the Falcons. Sure is a much better organization since Mr. Blank took over.

  10. maltliquor says: Jan 1, 2012 1:50 PM

    Good decision on the Falcons part. Class act and great teammate.

  11. gregbarb says: Jan 1, 2012 4:50 PM

    Great player,person,needs to play for a contender

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