As of Sunday, March 10, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
All that talk about Atlanta Falcons future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez being "95 percent" sure of retiring seems to be nothing more than rumor.
It appears the 5 percent has won out and Gonzalez will be back for a 17th season -- under the right conditions.
"He will come back if they pay him $7 million and he doesn't have to do training camp," one Falcons player told Yahoo! Sports.
Gonzalez caught 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012 as the Falcons compiled a 13-3 record and advanced to the NFC Championship Game before losing to the San Francisco 49ers. He was stellar in the postseason, catching 14 passes and finally tasting victory in the playoffs for the first time.
"If we offer him the money, he'll most likely be back for one more. He'll most likely be looking to miss training camp, though," another source told Yahoo!
Gonzalez has a reputation of staying in tip-top shape. He is the second leading receiver all-time with 1,242 receptions, ranking behind Jerry Rice.
Gonzalez, 37 years old, made $4.9 million last year.