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.