Veteran Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez suggested at the end of the year that he might be hanging up the cleats after this season. After he recorded his first ever playoff win during his storied career, it appears me might not be going all Ray Lewis after all. Ed Werder of ESPN reports that he’s spoken to an “unnamed Falcons player” that suggests he might come back for one last ride next season.
Werder tweets, “Source says Tony Gonzalez wavering on retirement. A player close to him: “I think if the circumstances are right, Tony will come back.”
Frankly, Gonzalez should come back next season. He led the Falcons in receptions this season, he has been very durable as a player and if the Falcons were able to reach deep into the playoffs next season, he might have some regrets about retiring. There is a wildcard involved here as well regarding Gonzalez. This will be the first time in his career that he will actually be a free agent. There is always the chance that he could opt to return but with a different team. However, I find that option a slim possibility at this point in his career.