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Falcons lobbying Tony Gonzalez for one more year

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Tight end Tony Gonzalez’s chances of retiring were up to 97 percent by the end of the season, but the Falcons are making sure that three percent doesn’t go away without being contemplated in full.

General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said that he is making sure that Gonzalez is aware of just how much the Falcons want him as part of the team in 2013. Dimitroff said that it doesn’t seem like time to move on when you’re catching more than 100 passes — playoffs included — even if your age says that it is time to contemplate the next stage in your career.

“Tony’s a man and he’s got to make his own decision,” Dimitroff said, via Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. “Suffice it to say that it’s not going to be an easy decision for him one way or another because he knows that he still has fuel in the tank and it’s very legitimate fuel in the tank.”

The legitimacy of that fuel is the best argument that the Falcons have going for them. Leaving with that much left to give on the game has to be something weighing on Gonzalez’s mind as he makes his final decision, especially with the Falcons getting so close to the Super Bowl this season. As Yasinskas points out, the Falcons are going to have some work to do to keep their passing game at optimal efficiency if Gonzalez is deleted from the roster so you can bet Dimitroff and others will be hammering away at Gonzalez until he tells them that he’s 100 percent retired.

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59 Responses to “Falcons lobbying Tony Gonzalez for one more year”
  1. chief67 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:21 PM

    Won`t win it all with Tony or without .

  2. larrydavid7000 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:27 PM

    sounds like chief is a bitter fan. I say go for it Tony I wish I could retire at your age.

  3. kattykathy says: Jan 31, 2013 6:27 PM

    Wont win it with or without Tony.

    This season is the closest they will ever come, and actually they didn’t even deserve to beat Seattle.

    Unless you want you want to make them show you the love with a 1 year mega deal, then just go ahead and get ready to go to Canton as a KC Chief.

  4. ajgreenshands says: Jan 31, 2013 6:28 PM

    He was wide open.

  5. hoops737 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:28 PM

    Please retire

    Signed,

    The rest of the NFC South

  6. nwfisch says: Jan 31, 2013 6:30 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  7. joedirte says: Jan 31, 2013 6:37 PM

    Tony Gonzalez is probably retired but that was such a tough loss and he was so close that I don’t know how he can fight the urge to come back. But I think Tony will make up his mind by the Draft out of respect for the Falcons, so they can take a TE.

  8. kattykathy says: Jan 31, 2013 6:40 PM

    Please for the sake of humanity STOP with the very played out Drew Brees wants an explanation comments.

    Its so FREAKIN OLD!!!!!!!!!

  9. santolonius says: Jan 31, 2013 6:41 PM

    if the falcons can’t talk tony into staying for glory’s sake, perhaps offering some serious money would help.

  10. bobulated says: Jan 31, 2013 6:43 PM

    I picture Dimitroff standing forlornly under Tony’s window with a boombox held up over his head.

  11. joedirte says: Jan 31, 2013 6:45 PM

    kattykathy says:Jan 31, 2013 6:40 PM

    Please for the sake of humanity STOP with the very played out Drew Brees wants an explanation comments.

    Its so FREAKIN OLD!!!!!!!!!

    Well he got 14 likes with 0 dislikes

    So people must find it funny for some reason
    But instead of typing about Drew Brees wants an explanation comments take your grubby little fat fingers and click on the THUMBS DOWN……Just Sayin

  12. slickster35 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:50 PM

    He’d probably consider it if their defense wasn’t so terrible.

    He, like the rest of us know that the Falcons will never win the big one with that garbage on the other side of the field.

    It’s the same reason the Marino Dolphins never won one, and their defense was actually better.

  13. demolition510 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:55 PM

    Better to walk away a year early than a year late.

  14. franktherat96 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:00 PM

    Retire tony….your team has no chance for a ring. Just retire!

  15. selenecrear says: Jan 31, 2013 7:04 PM

    ALL YOU PEOPLE. NEED TO LEARN TO MIND YOUR OWN DANG BUSINESS AND LET TONY GONZALES MAKE HIS OWN MIND..ALL YOU F**KING HATERS NEED TO GET A LIFE AND WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN TEAMS AND THERE FAULTS, THERE MISTAKES AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE FALCONS, AND COMPLAINING AND WHINING SO MUCH…EITHER SUPPORT YOUR TEAMS OR SHUT THE HELL UP..WIN OR LOSE I WILL ALWAY BE A TRUE LOYAL ATLANTA FALCON FAN… RISE UP

  16. noring4youstill says: Jan 31, 2013 7:08 PM

    Yeah stay for a 2-14 season

  17. midwestwarrior says: Jan 31, 2013 7:12 PM

    tiki is flaggergasted with this predicament

  18. goodellsadouche says: Jan 31, 2013 7:15 PM

    Chokelate City

  19. everton422 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:17 PM

    I love all the hate towards a team that was 10 yards away, or one defensive holding call away from a Super Bowl instead of the constantly praised 49ers. Falcons made their “great defense” look like swiss cheese and the inclusion of Tony in that maturing offense for another year is a scary thought or the rest of the NFL. So sorry if Matt Ryan tears your defense a new one next season.

  20. jagsfanugh says: Jan 31, 2013 7:23 PM

    Tony oh Tony. Money my man, stay for another and bilk the team.

  21. bartlettruss says: Jan 31, 2013 7:25 PM

    Probably the only thing that matters is that he make up his mind sooner than later so the team can plan. Everyone is gone eventually.

  22. marcinhouston says: Jan 31, 2013 7:34 PM

    He should sign with a contender, not the Falcons. The Giants, Packers, Saints, Steelers, Ravens, 49ers, Patriots, Broncos, etc. He might already have a ring if he didn’t bet it on Matt Ryan’s playoff resume and now he has a chance to correct that, a chance he should take.

  23. mrlynch33 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:35 PM

    everton422 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:17 PM

    I love all the hate towards a team that was 10 yards away, or one defensive holding call away from a Super Bowl instead of the constantly praised 49ers. Falcons made their “great defense” look like swiss cheese and the inclusion of Tony in that maturing offense for another year is a scary thought or the rest of the NFL. So sorry if Matt Ryan tears your defense a new one next season.
    —-
    You sound bitter….there was no hold. There was contact WITHIN 5 yards. Even Roddy said so. You’re team blew a 17 point lead you know that right? ZERO points in the second half.

  24. hendeeze says: Jan 31, 2013 7:37 PM

    Tony, you can join the NFC Champions. We’ll give you a much better shot at winning the title. Ask any Falcon/Saints fan how we have abused them since the days of the old NFC West. Plus you get to come home to the bay. Win Win.

  25. 504in860 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:44 PM

    everton422 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:17 PM

    I love all the hate towards a team that was 10 yards away, or one defensive holding call away from a Super Bowl instead of the constantly praised 49ers. Falcons made their “great defense” look like swiss cheese and the inclusion of Tony in that maturing offense for another year is a scary thought or the rest of the NFL. So sorry if Matt Ryan tears your defense a new one next season.
    ————————————–

    Umm…they blew a 17 point lead, and was held scoreless in the 2nd half. What happened to that “swiss cheese” in the 2nd half?

  26. questionableprovenance says: Jan 31, 2013 7:55 PM

    A wild guess at to the motivations behind his retirement, but I wonder if having a tau-protein scan might help resolve his 3% doubts one way or the other.

  27. cowartsh says: Jan 31, 2013 7:58 PM

    @kattykathy
    would love for you to explain why the falcons didnt deserve to beat seattle. They were beating their ass for 3 quarters and there was nothing fluke about that last drive. Carroll brought two blitzes because they hadnt touched Ryan all day and he beat them both period. They were 10 yards from the super bowl. They racked up nearly 500 yards against the niners d. I mean come on please stop with the hate. I think its pretty safe to say that seattle, Atlanta and san fran were all pretty close

  28. ajgreenshands says: Jan 31, 2013 8:01 PM

    selenecrear says:
    Jan 31, 2013 7:04 PM
    ALL YOU PEOPLE. NEED TO LEARN TO MIND YOUR OWN DANG BUSINESS AND LET TONY GONZALES MAKE HIS OWN MIND..ALL YOU F**KING HATERS NEED TO GET A LIFE AND WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN TEAMS AND THERE FAULTS, THERE MISTAKES AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE FALCONS, AND COMPLAINING AND WHINING SO MUCH…EITHER SUPPORT YOUR TEAMS OR SHUT THE HELL UP..WIN OR LOSE I WILL ALWAY BE A TRUE LOYAL ATLANTA FALCON FAN… RISE UP

    ———–

    their

  29. mullman76 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:28 PM

    ajgreenshands said it best- he was wide open.

    Tony was open, wide open, and Ryan didn’t even glance his way.

    Brutal to watch, I think Tony cried on the sidelines. Always have had tremendous respect for Tony, he is the best to ever play the position.

    Go Raiders

  30. gweetarman says: Jan 31, 2013 8:37 PM

    Don’t bother. You’re gonna lose to the broncos. Just go ahead and retire.

  31. vargavarga says: Jan 31, 2013 8:46 PM

    I don’t care either way about Gonzalez, but the education in this country is terrible. While reading these comments, I have yet to see the correct usage of theirs, there, or they’re.

  32. marcinhouston says: Jan 31, 2013 8:55 PM

    I attended the Saints at Falcons game in 2011 and Falcons fans rose up alright. They rose up and left the stadium when their team was behind just 10 points with over 7 minutes left and the ball. The Falcons tied that game and lost in OT but many Falcons fans were not there to see it. Atlanta is a great city to run a corporation or open a chain store but it is not a great one to try to win a Superbowl. Maybe Tony Gonzalez realized what Matt Ryan, Mike Smith, and the city of Atlanta’s limitations are awhile ago, and realized that the most graceful way to exit will be to ‘retire’ for a few months, let the Falcons try to replace him in free agency or the draft, and then have a sudden change of heart to sign with a contender in summer.

  33. torontofalcon says: Jan 31, 2013 9:02 PM

    I love Tony but he can not stretch the field like he use. Hes only good for short receptions. I wonder how good our offense would be if we have a TE who can run seam routes with alot more speed.

  34. armchairqb says: Jan 31, 2013 9:13 PM

    Tough for players to come back after such a successful season that fell just short. Many of them say it’s incredibly dispiriting. Ross Tucker has said that the #1 question ex-players are asked is “did you play in a Super Bowl,” and that’s one of the reasons why losing a conference title game can actually hurt more than losing the Super Bowl itself; not making it at all is worse than making it and losing.

    As a vet, Gonzalez knows there’s no guarantee that ATL will be able to have the same success next year. But from a fan’s perspective, the guy still has plenty in the tank and could still be one of the top TEs in the game for at two more years.

  35. blogatron2000 says: Jan 31, 2013 9:23 PM

    All Chiefs fans have been TGonz fans since day 1 and will be forever. We know that Tony has a very clear focus and vision for his NFL career and life afterward. 97% means he’s done folks. Book it.

  36. steviaquinn says: Jan 31, 2013 9:23 PM

    They were a couple bad calls from going to the superbowl. If the Refs hadent given the niners an extra drive with that “roughing the passer” penalty , They win the game. If the refs called pass interference for Roddy on forth down or Rodgers on third, They win the game. They are legit contenders and their offense put up points against the 2 best defenses in the league.

    Give the Falcons an extra set of downs like they did Kapernick and see what happens.

  37. letsgotemple says: Jan 31, 2013 9:35 PM

    As an NFL fan I would like to see him one more year. Hoo

  38. reporterofthetruth says: Jan 31, 2013 9:49 PM

    Tony knows the Falcons will never win it all, so why bother. The Falcons have choked in the playoffs with homefield advantage twice. Bottomfeeders. If he wants a shot in Super Bowl 48, sign with the 49ers, Broncos, Pats, Ravens, Packers or Saints.

  39. cjderby says: Jan 31, 2013 10:00 PM

    Either Tony or Ray-Ray need to play one more year – but not both. As two first ballot HOF inductees, I don’t want my trip to Canton for Tony’s induction ruined by the Ray Lewis Experience!!

  40. cowartsh says: Jan 31, 2013 10:37 PM

    marcinhouston half your so called contenders werent even in the playoffs. You list the saints?? lmao. worst defense in the history of the league. Yeah contender. For the guy who made the comments about the falcons defense. Get educated before you post. They were like 6th in points allowed in the league. Do they need to get better on that side of the ball? absolutely. By the way how did the niners d look giving up 477 yards to atlanta. The pick they got was because the receiver slipped and the fumble was a fumbled snap. And contrary to some earlier posts the niners d didnt shut atl down in the second half. Atlanta had over 200 yards in the second half. The turnovers stopped atlanta

  41. thefiesty1 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:44 PM

    Enjoy your retirement Tony. You’ve earned it. Early retirement was the best decision I ever made.

  42. noring4youstill says: Jan 31, 2013 11:14 PM

    All Caps means he’s pissed. And Drew doesn’t need a explanation. He has a ring. What does Tony have? Protein powder business?

  43. hor2012 says: Feb 1, 2013 12:26 AM

    I’m a Saints fan. But, I’ve got to admit it wasn’t has much fun as I thought it would be watching the Falcons blow that 17 point lead. Now, in all honesty I was almost wishing the Falcons would have won the game so Tony would have made it to the superbowl. Although, I dreaded the idea of the Falcons winning on the floor of our dome. And, really my heart goes out to the Falcon fans. Because, I know the best chance you had to win the Superbowl was this year. Rather Tony comes back or not, it won’t matter. Saints fans will understand what I’m about to say better than anyone. When I look at the Falcons coach I think of Jim Mora SR when he coached the Saints. During the regular season the Saints would roll over everyone but in the playoffs they just couldn’t get it done. The Falcons will never win a Superbowl with Mike Smith as coach. Because he doesn’t know how to get his team to raise there level come playoff time. I have no doubt that the Falcons will be in the mix for the next few years. But, the will never get over the hump. Tony pull off the jersey now and move on. Go out now. Don’t pull a Bret Farve

  44. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 1, 2013 12:28 AM

    What’s really sad is Tony Gonzalez and Adrian Peterson both are some of the best if not the best ever (TGON) at their respective positions. They were just always saddled with teams that continuously failed.

    Pity.

  45. falcons88 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:37 AM

    When a team is consistently good and makes the playoffs..guess what they are a contender. That is so ignorant. I will never get why people hate the Falcons so much. And 9er fans (especially the bandwagoners) please dont start spewing about how it’s your sixth ring. Most of you probably think Jerry Rice was a WR in Oakland. Lame.

  46. lastcall81 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:45 AM

    Tony is smart for retiring, he would of retired last year but stayed because Sean Payton was suspended! Now that Payton’s back, he knows not to waste his time, Saint will own the NFC, much less the Division!

  47. txnative61 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:56 AM

    I think the Tony Gonzalez story more uplifting than the the Junior Seau story. Regardless of Tony’s decision, I don’t want that to change.

  48. packerpauly says: Feb 1, 2013 6:29 AM

    I really hope that Tony comes back for one more year. He’s one of the best tight-ends that I’ve ever seen play the game and he makes all of the players around him that much better. It was fantastic to see him have some playoff success this year! Whether or not you come back, Tony, you’ve been a great ambassador for the game.

  49. uangerme says: Feb 1, 2013 7:36 AM

    Tony = Great person, Great athlete. Tony is still top 5 talent in the league at his position even if he is aging. Stay or Go, either way Tony, you have had a great career. Too bad the forty-whiners cheated/screwed you out of a SB attempt. I would have much rather watched ATL vs. BAL in the SB over those undeserving whiners. Let the two soon to be retired guys battle it out for the ring… Oh well, it won’t happen since the NFL wanted this stupid Harbaugh Bowl instead.

  50. hor2012 says: Feb 1, 2013 8:15 AM

    hoops737 says:
    Jan 31, 2013 6:28 PM
    Please retire

    Signed,
    The rest of the NFC South

    You do know that the Saints have owned the Falcons and even though our coach was suspended we beat you once this year and if drew wouldn’t have been pressing so hard to keep his streak alive we would have swept you again this year. So, as far as the Whodat Nation is concerned rather he stays or goes it wan’t make that big of a differnece. We’re going to beat you down next year anyway.

  51. SeenThisB4 says: Feb 1, 2013 8:37 AM

    Better to go out on top of your game, than to be benched when they find your replacement, and you know they would. You’re a first ballot Hall of Famer. Geaux, and geaux now! LOL!

  52. mannyicey says: Feb 1, 2013 9:04 AM

    All this Atlanta hatred, yet Atlanta is still the number one city people are moving to in the USA. The Falcons had a good team this year and it was a good thing. But unlike most cities, we don’t tolerate losing. We got so much more stuff to do than sit around watching a losing team lose.

    But it was really nice seeing the Saints lose so badly. Beating them, watching them get shut out of the playoffs and the incessant whining was just a whole lot of fun. Especially now that most of the folks from New Orleans actually MOVED to Atlanta, I really liked watching them going to their Walmarts, feeling sad because their team was terrible.

    That was FANtastic!

  53. bmorefalcon says: Feb 1, 2013 9:16 AM

    Just a quick word to all of the angry Saints fans that spend all day trolling Falcons articles, I know that you are angry because your season was over in mid-October.

    Please keep in mind that the Falcons have now won the NFC South 2 of the last 3 years. It might be time to consider that your miracle run is over.

    For the time being, have fun in that nasty swamp of a state and we will see you in September.

  54. gator2006 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:38 AM

    Always better to go out a year too late. You get paid and get to play pro football.

    The rest of us have beer league softball at his age and long to play real competitive sports.

  55. pillowporkers says: Feb 1, 2013 10:43 AM

    I’m a Vikings fan, so I probably shouldn’t say this but I really hope Tony Gonzalez comes back. There aren’t too many guys that get to play this game until they’re 40. Tony is still in great shape and top 5 (probably higher) at his position. Don’t give it up because you feel you have to Tony. You still will help the Falcons out next year a tremendous amount, why not do it? A true class act and I hope to get to watch this first ballot hall of famer at least one more year.

  56. granadafan says: Feb 1, 2013 11:44 AM

    Tony is a genetic freak. He looks like he’s still in his early 20s. It’s sad that this first ballot hall of famer never made it to the Super Bowl.

  57. deltaoracle says: Feb 1, 2013 4:25 PM

    Mannyicey has so much more to do than sit around watching a losing team lose.
    Like sit at a keyboard telling fans in other cities that their team is an even bigger loser than his.
    Very, very full life.

  58. baymac408 says: Feb 2, 2013 3:24 PM

    As a NINER FAN I would like to congratulate Tony on a great career! U are as of right now the best TE to ever play the game! However falcons fans, EAT IT.. We were the superior team and have been since last year.. Cut out with your hating.. You guys played good but didn’t do nothing second half because great defense especially the LEGAL coverage.. GO NINERS since 1987

  59. aliowlsfalcons19 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:59 AM

    Hendeeze

    How can u say 49ers have abused the falcons since the old division with a straight face, i do recall matty ice n the falcons giving the 49ers there biggest behind kicking in candlestick history….yes no?

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