Carl Dukes: He wants the Earth, Moon and Stars
Remember when the NFL season ended and Tony Gonzales said he was likely to retire. Well, maybe not if his expectations are met. According to reports and sources I spoke with about his situation over the weekend say that he is willing to make another run at the Superbowl with the Falcons. Tony is not talking, but the word is getting out. Gonzalez, who is 37 years old said repeatedly in 2012 that he was “95%” sure he would retire after his 16th NFL season.
A report by Yahoo’s Michael Silver, now has Gonzalez, returning for 2013 if the Falcons met certain conditions, such as a reduced training camp and a raise. Gonzalez earned a $3.9 million base salary and $1 million roster bonus in 2012.He apparently wants upwards of 7 million to return.
He caught 93 passes with eight touchdowns last season, adding 14 catches and two touchdowns in the Falcons two playoff games.
What is Reduced Training Camp? Here let me translate it to you. NO TRAINING CAMP! AND PONY UP THE MONEY AND I’M B-A-C-K!!!!!
This is a simple decision for me and I’m hoping it is as simple for Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff. Gonzales is still the best tight end in the NFL…in my New Orleans voice ( ya heard me) He is still the BEST! There may be more explosive TE’s or bigger, but there is not one that is better or more reliable than Tony Gonzales. The Falcons are built to make another run towards the Superbowl, but without Tony G. the odds go down a little bit. You have to score in the Red Zone, and Gonzales increases your chances of scoring. THOMAS…GIVE HIM WHAT HE WANTS AND LET’S MOVE FORWARD.
Gonzales is not some cry baby that doesn’t want to go to camp. He has earned the right to demand his salary and his stipulations in regard to coming back and playing another season with the Falcons. Gonzalez was named first-team all-pro for the sixth time, and the 13-time Pro Bowler holds league records for receptions (1,242) and yards (14,268) by a tight end. ENOUGH SAID!
Some people think that Gonzalez should let the Falcons know by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, when free agency begins, because Thomas Dimitroff must make decisions on free agents left tackle Sam Baker and cornerback Brent Grimes. Now that they know what it’s going to take to get him back on the field, pick up the phone and make the deal. Sometimes you have to give players the Earth, Moon and the Stars so that your team can continue to move forward, this would be one of those times.
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