NFL Rumors: Will Tony Gonzalez Change His Mind About Playing For Atlanta Falcons in 2013?

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Despite hinting that 2012 would be his final season, there’s been plenty of NFL rumors surrounding Tony Gonzalez and whether or not he could change his mind by giving it one final shot in 2013 with the Atlanta Falcons. Of course, if you ask Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, he still seems hopeful that Gonzalez will return next season.

If Gonzalez does end up returning for his 18th season in the NFL, there’s no question he would have an impact once again in Atlanta’s passing game. Despite being 36-years-old, the argument can be made that Gonzalez has been playing some of his best football since joining the Falcons in 2009 and is coming off an impressive 2012 season in which he caught 93 passes for 930 yards to go along with eight touchdowns.

Obviously, Gonzalez finds himself in a tough situation considering how hard he’s fought for a Super Bowl his entire career and there’s a good chance the Falcons will be strong contenders once again heading into 2013. Atlanta was on the verge of reaching the Super Bowl this past season after they blew a 17-0 lead against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship–which most likely stings for Gonzalez even more considering how close he came.

If his body is capable of handling it, there’s no reason why Gonzalez shouldn’t give it at least one more shot with the Falcons in 2013. The last thing he wants to do is call it a career and sit back wondering what could have been if Atlanta goes the distance next year–so it should be interesting to see what Gonzalez decides on this offseason.

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