Despite Tony Gonzalez’s declaration of him being 95 percent sure he’s going to retire, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff believes it’s more of a 50/50 chance.
On NBC Network’s Pro Football Talk, Dimitroff said:
“Tony has done so much for us on and off the field and I don’t believe, not stating that he would be lying to anyone, but I don’t believe the 95 percent. I want to believe it’s a lot closer to 50/50, to be honest with you, and we’ve had discussions. Obviously Mike Smith has had discussions with him. We’re all in a good place. Ultimately it’s up to Tony to decide if he wants to come back and potentially catch 100 balls again. I think it’s one of those situations that Tony was so effective for us down the stretch and I can’t imagine that his appetite wasn’t sort of whet from his contributions in the playoffs.”
I’m with Dimitroff on this. Gonzalez has too much left in the tank to retire; he caught 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns last season, and he’s 36 years old! With the team being so close to playing in Super Bowl XLVII, it’s hard to believe Gonzalez will walk away without giving it one more shot.