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Gonzalez does two-year deal, for cap reasons

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Maybe Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez once again is 95-percent certain that he won’t be back in 2014.  After all, he’s already under contract for that season.

Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gonzalez will embark on the final campaign of his career with a two-year contract.

The $14 million deal includes a $3.5 million signing bonus, which pushes $1.75 million in cap space from 2013 to 2014.

With a $3.5 million base salary, Gonzalez will receive $7 million in 2013, with a cap charge of $5.25 million.

And if he decides to play in 2014, the Falcons already will have him under contract.

Per Ledbetter, the Falcons’ free-agency moves leave them with $3.36 million in cap space, money they’ll need to sign their draft class.

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7 Responses to “Gonzalez does two-year deal, for cap reasons”
  1. EJ says: Mar 15, 2013 8:51 PM

    Gonzalez deserves exactly what he is making. #1 TE of all-time. An absolute instant HOF-er. I bet every team in the NFL wishes they would have been the one to discover him.

  2. huskersrock1 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:57 PM

    If he retires what cap hit will Atlanta take in 2014?

  3. krob1102 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:02 PM

    We loved him in kc and he is a class act person. He plays hard and loves the game.

  4. roddytorock84 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:25 PM

    Eh I hope we get some really good draft picks on D. We’re gonna need it. Every pick is going to D. Maybe 1 gaurd

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 15, 2013 10:42 PM

    Gonzalez doesn’t deserve a dime. He made enough money in his career well beyond what he deserved and this is an outlandishly large deal. One of the worst overpayments of the offseason so far. This news feels very good being a fan of an NFC competitor. Thank you Atlanta for making my day!

  6. blazertop says: Mar 16, 2013 7:50 AM

    You can’t let emotions get in the way of winning.

  7. tarmacjerry says: Mar 16, 2013 8:06 AM

    huskersrock1 says:
    Mar 15, 2013 9:57 PM
    If he retires what cap hit will Atlanta take in 2014?

    $1.75M … the other half of his bonus

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