Tight End Tony Gonzalez to Return to Atlanta Falcons in 2013

By Curt Popejoy
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Good news for Atlanta Falcons fans this morning as the future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez has reportedly decided to return to the Falcons for at least one more season. This announcement comes just hours before the NFL free agency period is set to start.

Gonzalez is without a doubt one of the greatest pass catchers in the history of the league at any position. He joined the Falcons in 2009 after 12 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and enjoyed his first playoff win with Atlanta this past season. I’m not sure what inspired Gonzalez to return but fellow Falcons player and starting safety William Moore begged for Gonzalez to return Monday night on NFL Network, so that couldn’t have hurt.

Living in the heart of Chiefs country I’ve had the good fortune of seeing Gonzalez play many times. He’s not just an incredibly talented football player but also a class act. It was pretty obvious he ended last season with unfinished business, that even with a playoff win there was more he wanted. The falcons have to be considered one of the top teams in the NFC going into 2013 and a huge part of their success will be having the ageless tight end out in the pattern catching passes from quarterback Matt Ryan. Watching Gonzalez play last year it seems like he’s got a good five seasons left in him as he’s a tremendous athlete who keeps his body in great shape. I wish him all the best.

Curt covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL draft, and college football for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on Twitter @nfldraftboard.

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