Would Bringing Tony Gonzalez Back in 2013 Make the Atlanta Falcons Favorites in the NFC?

By Dan Parzych
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There’s been plenty of talk over the last couple of weeks about the Atlanta Falcons and how they’re doing everything in their power to convince tight end Tony Gonzalez to return for one more season in 2013. Gonzalez made it clear that 2012 was his final season in the NFL, but after the Falcons fell just short of Super Bowl XLVII after blowing a 17-0 lead to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship–it appears the future Hall of Fame tight end isn’t completely sold on retirement just yet.

When looking at Gonzalez’s numbers from last season, there’s no question he still has what it takes to be a top-five tight end in the league after catching 93 passes for 930 yards to go along with eight touchdowns. If Gonzalez can display these types of numbers last season, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to do the same once again in 2013 and help the Falcons be one of the top contenders in the NFC once again.

Atlanta already has one of the most dangerous passing unit’s on paper with Roddy White and Julio Jones–so the addition of Gonzalez in 2013 would only make them that much stronger. Gonzalez clearly knows how close he was to achieving the ultimate goal last year of winning the Super Bowl and the last thing he wants to see happen is the Falcons win it all next year while he’s sitting home watching from his couch.

After falling just short last year, Gonzalez needs to give it one final shot at the Super Bowl and help the Falcons emerge as one of the top contenders in the NFC once again in 2013.

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