Thomas Dimitroff thinks Tony Gonzalez is 50/50 to return

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Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez says he’s 95 percent sure he’s going to retire. But Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff is more optimistic than that.

Dimitroff said on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network that he believes Gonzalez is wrestling with a tough decision about his future, and that the decision is far from being made one way or the other.

“Tony has done so much for us on and off the field and I don’t believe, not stating that he would be lying to anyone, but I don’t believe the 95 percent,” Dimitroff said. “I want to believe it’s a lot closer to 50/50, to be honest with you, and we’ve had discussions. Obviously Mike Smith has had discussions with him. We’re all in a good place. Ultimately it’s up to Tony to decide if he wants to come back and potentially catch 100 balls again. I think it’s one of those situations that Tony was so effective for us down the stretch and I can’t imagine that his appetite wasn’t sort of whet from his contributions in the playoffs.”

Dimitroff said that in the Falcons’ personnel offices, when they’re looking over the roster, they still have Gonzalez’s name listed as their No. 1 tight end and “absolutely have not taken his name off the board.”

Whether they end up taking his name off the board before the start of the season remains to be seen. But Dimitroff thinks it’s a lot less likely than Gonzalez has indicated.

19 responses to “Thomas Dimitroff thinks Tony Gonzalez is 50/50 to return

  1. I hope Tony comes back. Anyone else think Dwight Freeney should go to the Falcons if he doesnt resign with Indy

  2. Doesn’t matter.. With the return Sean Payton and his bounty hunting friends the Failcons go back to being owned on a yearly basis by the Saints

  3. The Falcons should just let Gonzalez go. He’s a great player, and I have enjoyed watching him play. But it’s almost like the Falcons don’t believe they can win without him.

    The fact is, the Falcons have not won the Super bowl with Tony Gonzalez either, and if he was definitely all in for coming back, I would say go for it. But this begging him to return nonsense reaks of fear and desperation.

    Sign a free agent and draft a young rookie and the Falcons might discover that not only are they looking good for the present, but also even better for the future as well.

  4. Never understood why, as fans, we are so ready to see great players retire. Dude is still one of the best TE’s in the game. He’s making bank by playing a game. If I was him, I’d be flipping the bird to everyone who’s saying he would retire and keep playing as long as I want.

  5. The Falcons should just let Gonzalez go. He’s a great player, and I have enjoyed watching him play. But it’s almost like the Falcons don’t believe they can win without him.

    The fact is, the Falcons have not won the Super bowl with Tony Gonzalez either, and if he was definitely all in for coming back, I would say go for it. But this begging him to return nonsense reaks of fear and desperation.

    Sign a free agent and draft a young rookie and the Falcons might discover that not only are they looking good for the present, but also even better for the future as well.

    ****Yeah your right why would any team in their right mind want the greatest tight end of all time (<– not even debatable ) to come back for one more season when they were 5 yards away from going to the Super Bowl.

  6. Bigslizzle4twizzle, I never said Tony Gonzalez wasn’t the greatest TE of all time. You’re right he is. But that doesn’t mean he’s indespensible. Until this season, none of Tony Gonzalez’s teams had ever won a playoff game.

    Who is the Ravens TE? Dennis Pitta. A good player, but far from the greatest ever. The presence of Tony Gonzalez won’t determine whether or not the Falcons win the Super Bowl. The play of Matt Ryan will.

    The New York Giants won the Super Bowl in 2012 with Jake Ballard at TE. If a Tony Gonzalez is the key to the Falcons winning the Super Bowl, then if he retires what should they do? Give up?

  7. I’d rather see him on a team that doesn’t choke like the Falcons. Theirs a reason why the Falcons have no rings.

  8. Just retire and enjoy your life off the field before the accumulation of the hits you have taken throughout your career and the next year if you come back sap the life out of you. The longer you play the more your lifespan decreases unfortunately. Keep your body healthy for the long-run and don’t waste it on one more season as much as we all would like to see you play. You had a great run

  9. He knows that all his work next year will only result in another one and done playoff performance. Why come back?

  10. radrhatr says:
    Feb 14, 2013 9:31 PM
    He’s gonna return…TO KANSAS CITY

    For a one day contract to retire. Was the end of that sentence

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