Tight end Tony Gonzalez was 95-percent certain to retire after the 2012 season. And the long shot won the race.
So with Gonzalez coming back, are the Falcons not looking for tight end help in the draft?
“You don’t deviate from your plan when you go into the draft after bringing a guy back,” G.M. Thomas Dimitroff told NFL Network on Thursday. “We don’t know if we are going to have Tony Gonzalez past one year.”
The fact that Dimitroff sees Gonzalez possibly staying longer than one year is a bit surprising. Then again, Gonzalez’s decision to return when he didn’t intend to means there’s a chance he’ll do it again.
“Our eyes are still on many positions in this draft and there is no question — this may be selling it out a little bit — but we continue to look at the tight end [position],” Dimitroff said.
That’s actually a smart approach, from one of the smartest General Managers in the league. Keep it broad, leave all doors open, and keep everyone guessing.