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Gonzalez could have other suitors, in theory

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With Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff believing there’s a 50-50 chance tight end Tony Gonzalez will play notwithstanding his 95-percent certainty of retirement, there’s another angle that needs to be considered.

Gonzalez will be a free agent on March 12.  He could, if he wants, continue his career with any team.

That’s never happened for Gonzalez during his 16-year NFL career.  He was traded to the Falcons at his request in 2009, but he’s never had the chance to go wherever he wants to go.

And he had 93 catches in 2012, ninth most in the entire league.

Don’t be shocked, then, if other teams opt to try to entice Gonzalez to continue his Hall of Fame career as a member of their teams.

Gonzalez has said or done nothing to indicate he’d play elsewhere, but if he’s going to play for the Falcons in 2013, he’ll need a contract.  And if other teams are interested, the Falcons could become willing to pay more to get Gonzalez back.

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  1. cubano76 says: Feb 15, 2013 7:23 AM

    I wonder what other teams would bring a TE ( an awesome one at that) for just one season? Would love to him go out with a ring though.

  2. bucrightoff says: Feb 15, 2013 7:29 AM

    Because it has to be said…Patriots. The 4-TE offense (Gronk Hernandez, Ballard, Gonzalez) would be complete.

  3. tarmacjerry says: Feb 15, 2013 7:30 AM

    There is exactly 0.00% chance he plays for any other team but the Falcons next year.

  4. noring4youstill says: Feb 15, 2013 7:36 AM

    He can down here to the Saints. That’s if he wants to play for a real contender.

  5. irishfalcon says: Feb 15, 2013 7:37 AM

    When interviewed on the field after the NFC CG Gonzalez was asked about whether he was coming back, and he explicitly said if I’m coming back Atlanta is the only team he would even consider returning to… do your research!

  6. BigVinnyInJax says: Feb 15, 2013 8:09 AM

    If he wants a real shot at a ring he should sign a 1 year deal with the Jaguars… I can’t even finish that sentence. It sucks being us.

  7. jerryyouradisgrace says: Feb 15, 2013 8:18 AM

    This guy is a class act and a true Pro…any team would love to have his talent and leadership

  8. steelbydesign says: Feb 15, 2013 8:21 AM

    I doubt he’d go anywhere else but I would think there certainly would be interest elsewhere. It would have to be a team that’s a contender though.

    Seattle makes sense. Russell Wilson was amazing this season, with some pretty pedestrian weapons as far as pass catchers. TG would be a great target for the young QB.

    Green Bay is probably going to lose Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and Jermichael Finley. TG could put up some pretty crazy numbers in that offense.

    Denver would make sense as well, with no real threat at the TE position.

    I know he said it’d be ATL, but he’d have a shot at a ring with any of those teams.

  9. timbokid says: Feb 15, 2013 8:23 AM

    Well New England can always use another tight end…..right?

  10. bradford08 says: Feb 15, 2013 8:29 AM

    Lions are the only logical choice. At his age, it is his best chance to play right away.

  11. v2the4 says: Feb 15, 2013 8:33 AM

    Tony Gonzales was the first TE to be used as an offensive weapon and playmaker on all downs, not just third down. Dallas Clark was the 2nd guy at that position to take advantage of db’s with his play making ability(plus having Peyton Manning didnt hurt)

    Gonzales has allowed guys like Jimmy Graham, Gronk, Aaron Hernandez, Jason Witten, Vernon Davis, Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels, Heath Miller, Kyle Ruldolph, and Jermicheal Finley among others.

    Tony Gonz can always go back to Atlanta, but he should probably think about going to Green Bay(Finley will be a FA), or back to the bay area to play with the niners, and team up with Vernon Davis and Kapernack….

  12. tjacks7 says: Feb 15, 2013 8:37 AM

    The Pats are always interested in TEs.

  13. mhs8031 says: Feb 15, 2013 8:39 AM

    Research? The article says he has that option because he is a free agent. Furthermore, if you are into research then you should know that a comment made during an emotional time after a heated game is not usually a credible source. I just hope he does not pull a Brett Favre and keep everyone guessing for publicity. (although my theory was that Favre hated training camp so he would always delay a decsision until it was over).

  14. tjacks7 says: Feb 15, 2013 8:39 AM

    noring4youstill says:
    Feb 15, 2013 7:36 AM
    He can down here to the Saints. That’s if he wants to play for a real contender.

    —–

    Refresh my memory.. How deep did the Saints get in the playoffs? NFC Championship game was it?

  15. EJ says: Feb 15, 2013 8:41 AM

    Any team with a gun slinging QB would be a good option for Gonzalez. Its not about speed or height with him, Its about his hands. He is hands down the best pass-catching TE in the league.

  16. hor2012 says: Feb 15, 2013 8:46 AM

    He could sign with the Saints. We need another TE. I’m a Saints fan and I bet Falcon fans would not only burn his jersey they would burn his house down. If that happen. All joking aside I hope he doesn’t do a Bret Farve. In football you skills don’t go away slowly. He could come back next year and look every bit of his age. If I were him I’d call it a day.

  17. kattykathy says: Feb 15, 2013 8:58 AM

    Go home to KC for your farewell season. The fans there still love you. You began there. End it there. Enter canton as a Chief

  18. 2difshoe says: Feb 15, 2013 9:11 AM

    This guy would own Chicago, and bring the Bears legitimacy to Superbowl contention.

  19. hor2012 says: Feb 15, 2013 9:13 AM

    A follow up on my earlier post. I wasn’t serious about his signing with the Saints. But, Falcon fans are sadly mistaken if you think the team you have now will win a Superbowl. It’s this simple, in order for a dome team to make it to the Superbowl they’ve got to have home field advantage througout the playoffs. The Falcons have had the twice and haven’t gotten it done. Next year I promise you, you won’t have homefield. The best chance you had with this team to get to the superbowl was last year. It’s only going to go downhill from here.

  20. louiespoon says: Feb 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    Chicago…..

  21. noring4youstill says: Feb 15, 2013 9:17 AM

    Refresh my memory.. How deep did the Saints get in the playoffs? NFC Championship game was it?

    As I was stating if he wants a title go to a contender. Not a pretender. The Saints took care of business in 09 and will be handling it this upcoming year. So your point is?

  22. catfish252 says: Feb 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    Like many have said here already , he’s a great player and leader so I doubt there is any team in the league that wouldn’t move mountains to make room for him. What ever Tony does I wish him and his family all the best.

  23. dannyreneau says: Feb 15, 2013 9:40 AM

    I know the guy has been wearing a Falcons jersey for the last 4 seasons, and i’m not trying to take anything from the Falcons fans, i know they love him, But Tony is a Chief and if he finishes anywhere it should be in Kansas City. It’s a team that means so much to him and it would be nice to have his leadership as the team begins to build. Nobody faults him for leaving. The guy deserved a shot at a superbowl and KC couldn’t give him that. But Atlanta wont either, not with the way the NFC is stacked right now, (Seattle, 49ers, Green Bay, Giants, Redskins, NO will be back and running, Bears, ect..).

  24. xxwhodatxx says: Feb 15, 2013 9:50 AM

    irishfalcon says:
    Feb 15, 2013 7:37 AM
    When interviewed on the field after the NFC CG Gonzalez was asked about whether he was coming back, and he explicitly said if I’m coming back Atlanta is the only team he would even consider returning to… do your research!

    —–

    Yea cause you know how loyal players are…

  25. jbaxt says: Feb 15, 2013 9:57 AM

    He will go in as a Chief no matter what he accomplishes in ATL. It wasn’t his fault He had to endure Gunther Cunningham and Herm Edwards as a couple of his coaches. And based on what Pioli did, he was right to go to ATL.

    Still awesome to see the old man show those kids how to do it.

  26. skippynj says: Feb 15, 2013 9:58 AM

    He won’t sign with the falcons and Romo, uh, Ryan as qb again. He’s tired of being the second best TE in the NFC South. JG>>>>>>>tg.

  27. daknight93 says: Feb 15, 2013 10:00 AM

    unfortunately if he decides to come back..he will only come back to the Failcons and fail again with another broken heart never being able to win a championship. The Super Bowl is in New Jersey and Failcants are a dome team…forget about Failcants desire to win it all next year because it will not happen…He should retire and call it a great career while he’s healthy and enjoy being with his family

  28. sb44champs says: Feb 15, 2013 10:02 AM

    tjacks7 says:
    Feb 15, 2013 8:39 AM
    noring4youstill says:
    Feb 15, 2013 7:36 AM
    He can down here to the Saints. That’s if he wants to play for a real contender.
    —–
    Refresh my memory.. How deep did the Saints get in the playoffs? NFC Championship game was it?
    ===========================
    Refresh memory? How about with Sean Payton, Saints have most wins in the league since ’06…

  29. slickster35 says: Feb 15, 2013 10:03 AM

    He should really find a contender to go to because he won’t win anything with a team with no defense (falcons).

    Remember when people thought Gates was comparable to Tony and might pass his numbers up? Yeah, that was some funny ish right there.

    PS: kathy, he’ll always be a Chief, and will walk into the hall first ballot as nothing other than a Chief.

  30. saintspat says: Feb 15, 2013 10:31 AM

    There is no way Gonzalez plays anywhere but Atlanta next year, or he retires. What a reach this story is. In other news, I COULD sign with an NFL team next year. This is of course also in theory.

  31. realtheprince says: Feb 15, 2013 11:04 AM

    tjacks7 says:
    Feb 15, 2013 8:39 AM
    noring4youstill says:
    Feb 15, 2013 7:36 AM
    He can down here to the Saints. That’s if he wants to play for a real contender.

    —–

    Refresh my memory.. How deep did the Saints get in the playoffs? NFC Championship game was it?

    ————

    How many Championships / Rings Falcons have in last 5-6 years ? – Yeah, they never won anything.

  32. vtopa says: Feb 15, 2013 11:13 AM

    Here come all the panicky Falcons fans. Quit whining, you’ve had your bite at the NFC Championship apple. Its over. Go back to being the boring franchise you always were and get out of the Saints way. Gonzalez to Houston or Cincy.

  33. dirtybirds233 says: Feb 15, 2013 11:36 AM

    Oh my God these Saints fans….you know for a while I stopped caring about you guys at all, maybe it was your 7-9 season? I don’t know. But only a Saints fan can think they’re gonna make a run when you just went 7-9, your team is an absolute cap hell, and you have the highest pay roll in the league (and still couldn’t pull off a winning season). I mean sure you got Sean Payton back and you signed Rob Ryan, both very key to your team. But seriously? And Tony already said IF he comes back he only wants to play with Atlanta. Even if he left us, how are you gonna pay him? I mean I guess you could cut half your team…

  34. roddytorock84 says: Feb 15, 2013 11:50 AM

    Maybe he’ll take his talents to south beach

  35. bigdawg24 says: Feb 15, 2013 12:12 PM

    He should sign a 1 ray contract and retire as a Chiefs now that the Chiefs cleared out all of the trash (Pioli) that kept them from winning.

  36. bobonmycob says: Feb 15, 2013 12:15 PM

    tarmacjerry says:Feb 15, 2013 7:30 AM

    There is exactly 0.00% chance he plays for any other team but the Falcons next year

    Says the insecure Falcons fan.

  37. marcinhouston says: Feb 15, 2013 12:40 PM

    If Falcons don’t get a better playoff QB, he has to look elsewhere for a ring.

  38. noring4youstill says: Feb 15, 2013 1:28 PM

    dirty birds,you can say it till you lose your voice. You haven’t forgot about us. We haven’t forgotten about you. Now whatca gunna do when Sean Payton and Drew Brees come scoring on you?

  39. tlw109 says: Feb 15, 2013 1:34 PM

    These comments remind me why I can’t stand Saints fans.

    Just for reference:

    Since 2009 (Saints SB win):
    ATL 36-12 NO 31-17

    Since 2007 (Mike Smith starts coaching)
    ATL 56-24 NO 52-28

    And all time stats vs each other:
    ATL leads series 46-41

  40. cowartsh says: Feb 15, 2013 3:03 PM

    I really find it amusing that a team that was 10 yards from the super bowl is dismissed as not being a threat while a list of “contenders” above contained teams atl beat and some they destroyed. You list the aints with their league worst defense. Just remember this it takes a little luck sometimes to win the super bowl. It took peyton 7 years and this years champ would have been one and done of rahim moore wasnt an idiot.

  41. noring4youstill says: Feb 15, 2013 3:26 PM

    FalCants

  42. sb44champs says: Feb 15, 2013 3:58 PM

    tlw109 says:
    Feb 15, 2013 1:34 PM
    These comments remind me why I can’t stand Saints fans.
    Just for reference:
    Since 2009 (Saints SB win):
    ATL 36-12 NO 31-17
    Since 2007 (Mike Smith starts coaching)
    ATL 56-24 NO 52-28
    And all time stats vs each other:
    ATL leads series 46-41
    =======================
    Saints = Super Bowl Championship
    Falcons = Never lol

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