Tony Gonzalez: I could come back, but I won’t


There are two games left in the regular season, which means that there are two games left in Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez’s career.

Unless, of course, he decides to reverse course and come back for the 2014 season. Gonzalez was asked about that possibility during a conference call with 49ers media on Thursday and he said that his mind remains set on calling it a career after Week 17.

“I absolutely could,” Gonzalez said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “But it’s the end of the road for me. I put everything out there and I’m completely satisfied. I don’t have any regrets and I look forward to what’s next.”

The only caveat Gonzalez offered was that he would consider another season if there were a team in Los Angeles, where his 12-year-old son lives. Of course, there isn’t a team in Los Angeles and there’s unlikely to be one by the start of the 2014 season so we’ll be saying goodbye to Gonzalez just before we say goodbye to 2013.

23 responses to “Tony Gonzalez: I could come back, but I won’t

  1. Unless of course the phone rings and it’s the Chiefs on the other end. I’m sure Tony would jump at the chance to play one more year for the Chiefs knowing that they would be one of the favorites to make it to the Super Bowl next year.

  2. Best tight end ever. Period. I say this and I’m a HUGE John Mackey fan, who was considered the best ever. Will be missed. One of the few who played the game the right way.

    Oh, and he said last year he was 95% sure, until his family talked him into playing another season TGTTTG.

  3. just like Atlanta was supposed to go to the super bowl this year? In the NFL it is never a guarantee you will get there. his best bet is to stay available to about week 12-15 see who is in the best position and come on as a FA for the playoff run.

  4. Bye, Tony. Shoulda stayed with the Chiefs. Atlanta is fools gold as long as Matty Melt is the QB and Meek Smith is the head coach.

  5. I’ll believe it when I see it. One of the best there will ever be at that positon.

    I would personally love to see him come back next year with someone who’s good but could use help at TE and see what he could do. NE perhaps? Imagine once Gronk is healthy how amazing that would be to see. Or Seattle? Gonzalez and a healthy Harvin is a scary, scary thought.

    All dreams, though. Hats off Tony, one of the msot admirable players of our generation.

  6. he got a nice playoff win, but really, it was a failure with the falcons. unfortunate, KC would be killing it with him this year. and if he were to have to choose, which he doesn’t in the NFL HoF, he is obviously a Chief and should be in that ring of honor before Atlanta.

  7. How sad that the Falcons collapsed so badly this year after priming themselves for a Super Bowl run. Tony you deserved better but all in all an amazing, first-ballot HOF career. Good luck to you!

  8. I would never tell someone how to live their lives. If this man is ready to move on, more power to him.

    But he is still one of the top tight ends in football and is not showing signs of slowing down. With the resurgence of the Chiefs, the set up is there for one of the greatest story book endings to a career ever.

    If I were him and I had to choose between my final season being this train wreck in Atlanta or a possible Super Bowl run in Kansas City next year, I know what I would do. (assuming KC would want him)

    And he shouldn’t worry about people calling him a hypocrite. Everyone is entitled to change their minds.

    I won’t criticize him either way- but TG returning to KC next year and going out with a winning season for sure and possibly a Super Bowl ring? Now THAT would be an amazing ending.

  9. All the KC fans wishing for a Tony G change of heart and return are forgetting that he signed a two year contract with the Falcons to spread his bonus out. If he does come back, it will be as a Falcon unless they trade his rights in the off season.

  10. San Fran is indeed close enough… Can you imagine, defend a 2 TE set with him AND Vernon Davis? plus the rest of the 49ers roster, which is not bad at all right now…

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