Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is reportedly “wavering” on his commitment to retiring after being heavily courted by players and the front office to return for a Super Bowl run. ESPN’s Ed Werder broke the news on SportsCenter, though it has been no secret the team was going to do all they can to persuade him to return. GM Thomas Dimitroff was very vocal last month about his hopes to bring the veteran back in the fold, and it looks like the two-pronged attack is working.
From a fantasy perspective, a return in 2013 should see Gonzalez return to the elite ranks. The veteran finished the 2012 season ranked third among all tight ends, scoring just eleven fewer points than the New Orleans Saints‘ Jimmy Graham. A quick look at the Falcons’ 2013 opponents shows plenty of promise for Gonzalez to make a push for the top spot this year. The Falcons face division rivals New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice, both respectively ranked 31st and 32nd against the pass. While both teams will upgrade in the secondary, it won’t be enough to see a vast improvement.
Eight of his games will come against teams which ranked among the nine worst defenses against tight ends last season. Only two of of his games will come against defenses which ranked among the top ten vs. tight ends, with the others falling in the middle of the pack. On an offense which boasts two of the best wide receivers in the game, don’t expect any fall-off from the ageless wonder in 2013.
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