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Falcons release Tony Gonzalez

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Of all the moves made on Tuesday, the least expected comes from Atlanta.

The Falcons have released tight end Tony Gonzalez.

“This was a decision we had to make with the start of the new League year as we begin retooling our roster for 2014,” G.M. Thomas Dimitroff said in a release. “On behalf of the entire Falcons organization, we wish Tony all the best in his television career and thank him for everything he did for this franchise.”

Sure, he’s retired.  For that reason, the Falcons could have continued to hold his rights, at no cost or cap charge. But the Falcons never do anything without a good reason, and we trust they’ve got one for this move.

In cutting him loose, Gonzalez is now available to join any team that gets off to a great start in 2014 and believes that Gonzalez would be a key component for a stretch run.

Gonzalez has said that, given his decision to go to work for CBS, he won’t be coming back.  Either way, he now has 31 other options, if he chooses to yield to the temptation to unretire.

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14 Responses to “Falcons release Tony Gonzalez”
  1. floratiotime says: Mar 11, 2014 5:48 PM

    He punched out last year.

  2. gabrosin says: Mar 11, 2014 5:52 PM

    Should have traded him to the Seahawks and let him go out a winner. Too little, too late.

  3. bucrightoff says: Mar 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    He’s gonna pull a Roger Clemens and sign with a contender midway through the season.

  4. reif99 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:54 PM

    Probably setting himself up to retire as a Chief.

  5. ravenswhat says: Mar 11, 2014 5:54 PM

    Seahawks.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 11, 2014 5:54 PM

    TV will always be there, but if he’s got one more year left then he should play and try and win a Super Bowl. The Lions could use a veteran pass catching TE on a minimum contract to help mentor the two young guys. We have only 2 players likely to be kept at that position and not much money to spend and can’t afford to use a draft pick on one either. Will another team up the bidding and offer him more?

  7. minilb says: Mar 11, 2014 5:55 PM

    He can now sign a 1 day contract with the Chiefs and retire with the team he played 90% of his career with.

  8. rainmaker1982 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:00 PM

    Tony Gonzalez says “just kidding” and signs with the Pats.

  9. minnesotablizzard says: Mar 11, 2014 6:01 PM

    Sounds like one of those post training camp additions. Some TE goes down with an ACL on a contender like the Patriots and Tony G gets to ride in the savior, without having to go through a training camp.

  10. slugbaitspace says: Mar 11, 2014 6:08 PM

    “Stop texting me for advice!”

    – Brett Favre

  11. fordmandalay says: Mar 11, 2014 6:15 PM

    This would work out perfectly for the Pats – Gronk plays his normal 7 or 8 games, gets his yearly season ending injury, Gonzalez jumps in and gives Brady an actual receiver to throw to for their playoff run. GENIUS

  12. wayneflores says: Mar 11, 2014 9:56 PM

    He shouldn’t have played last year. He sure didn’t help the Falcons at all, but got that $$$$$.

  13. nitschkecrapspurple says: Mar 12, 2014 12:31 AM

    Bring your veteran leadership to Green Bay and catch plenty of TD’s on your way to your last chance at a SB. Don’t worry about money, get your ring!!

  14. blackngold4life says: Mar 12, 2014 8:35 PM

    Why he just don’t retire already .. Whats Atlanta suppose to do?

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