The Atlanta Falcons have been speculated to make moves this offseason to get St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. These potential moves could be looked at to not only improve the Falcons, but also to persuade tight end Tony Gonzalez to return for one more season.
Well, now it seems that neither Jackson nor Revis will be needed to lure Gonzalez back for his 17th season in the NFL. Reportedly, the future Hall of Famer will play in the 2013 season for a $7 million contract.
In addition to a contract, according to a team source, Gonzalez will also not want to participate in training camp.
Personally, I feel that Gonzalez definitely has more in his tank, and will be greatly needed if Atlanta wants to make a run at the Super Bowl. Adding Jackson or Revis (or perhaps both) will only increase the Falcons’ chances of winning it all.
When it comes to not wanting to participate in training camp, usually I would have a problem with that, but in this case, I really don’t. Gonzalez should not completely miss out on training camp, but I feel that his participation could be reduced significantly.
Gonzalez is arguably the greatest tight end in NFL history, and someone of his caliber doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone in training camp. Furthermore, finding someone to replace him will be impossible, and the only way the Falcons can fill the void with someone as talented as he is to re-sign him.
Apparently, Gonzalez has put his asking price on the table. Now it’s up to general manager Thomas Dimitroff to make this speculation a reality, and keep the Falcons in the running for the Lombardi Trophy.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google