It turns out that the five percent chance of returning for the 2013 season has now ballooned to a 100 percent chance. Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has made it clear that he will return for his 17th season in the NFL.
Gonzalez stated, “After discussing it with my family and really, truly struggling with this decision I informed the Falcons I would like to return for one more shot.”
Now that we have the official word from the man himself, the next thing that needs to be done is to come to terms on a contract for the future Hall of Famer. I really don’t think that this will take much time to get set in stone.
With the Pro Bowl tight end set to return for another season, the Falcons can now concentrate on free agency, which starts today. Many speculate that Atlanta will bake a bid for St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson to replace last year’s Falcons running back Michael Turner.
The return of Gonzalez keeps the Falcons as one of the teams to beat in the NFC and a potential favorite to win the Super Bowl. If Jackson is added to the roster, Atlanta could have the best offense in the league with Gonzalez, Jackson, wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, and quarterback Matt Ryan.
Looking at how the Baltimore Ravens rallied around linebacker Ray Lewis in his final year in the NFL to win the Super Bowl, don’t be surprised to see the same with the Falcons this coming season. The combination of that motivation and the level of talent this team has could be the winning formula for a ring.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google