By Eric Schmidt

In a move that comes as no surprise to me, Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez will return to his team for the 2013 season according to a report by NFL insider Jay Glazer. This announcement is great news for both Gonzalez and the Falcons franchise. The soon to be Hall of Fame tight end had stated that he might retire after the 2012 season after winning his first ever playoff game, but he has evidently had a change of heart. Falcons QB Matt Ryan should add a little something under the Christmas Tree for Gonzalez this year.

The Falcons are a team on the cusp of reaching the Super Bowl and Gonzalez is an integral part of their offense. If he had retired, the Falcons would be losing a key piece of their offense moving forward with no serious replacement on the radar.

Glazer tweeted, “Tony Gonzalez told me he has officially informed Falcons he is coming back and they are working out a deal now. story on fox sports.dot com.”

Gonzalez, 37, has never dealt with injury issues and led the Falcons in receptions for Atlanta last year with 93, the most receptions he has enjoyed while with the Falcons adding eight touchdowns.  He has missed just two games in his Hall of Fame career and should be primed to be another top target in the Falcons offense again in 2013.

He likely tasted the post-season this year and realizes how close the Falcons are to reaching the Super Bowl with the current roster.

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