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Tony Gonzalez Tells Agent To Begin Negotiating His Return


Former Kansas City Chiefs great and future Hall of Famer, Tony Gonzalez maintained through most of last season that 2012 would be his last in the NFL.

Now it is looking as though Gonzalez may be having a change of heart.

From USA Today:

Tony Gonzalez hasn’t publicly declared that he will return for a 17th NFL season, but here’s another sign that he apparently is leaning in that direction: The Atlanta Falcons tight end has given his agent, Tom Condon, the green light to talk to the team about a new contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because the talks have not been made public.

With the free-agent market to open at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, the Falcons could use some clarity about the status their all-pro tight end, who is contemplating retirement. Gonzalez’s previous contract has expired.

Gonzalez, who was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 2009 by former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, has been chasing a Super Bowl. Tony came as close to the big game as he ever had been last season, when the Falcons made it to the NFC Championship game. Last season was also the first time Tony was part of a playoff victory.

Currently Gonzalez is a free agent but it appears as though he won’t be returning to the Chiefs. Tony wants a ring and his best chance of landing one is probably re-upping with Atlanta for one more year.

What do you think, Addicts? Do you want to see Tony play another season?

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • chiefridgy

    Yes… But for us!

  • Altarium

    As much as I’d want Tony to sign with the Chiefs, I know he wants a ring, and I’d hope for his sake that Atlanta is able to come through. I don’t follow the Falcons too much (other than watching Tony during the season) so I’m not sure what sort of changes their team is going through in the off-season, or if things are staying pretty much the same. If Atlanta looks like they won’t be quite as good as they were last year, anyone think Tony might look for another team with better, immediate possibilities?

    • chiefridgy

      I don’t think he’ll go anywhere else. He doesn’t even want to go to training camp this year so I don’t see him wanting to learn a new offense.

      • Altarium

        good point, here’s hoping Atlanta works out for another year!

        • chiefridgy

          Here here!

    • Spencer

      I don’t exactly want Tony to sign with the Chiefs simply because i doubt we get to the Superbowl this year (highly doubt) but anything can happen, but as we sit Atlanta looks (or at least appears) to be closer to a super bowl and Tony deserves it….anyway, all i want Tony to do now is sign his last contract with the Chiefs, preferably a 1 day contract so he can retire as one of us

      what would be cruel irony thou, is if we beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl, i would LOVE it and yet just feel awful for Tony all at the same time

  • Larry Devore

    He ain’t gettin’ no ring. So much for retirement

  • oldchiefsfan

    I know he wants a ring so he could play another year. I just hopes he remembers his promise to retire as a Chief.

  • Brody Hall

    Bring your Ass home boy!