Many around the NFL thought Tony Gonzalez’s retirement following the 2013 NFL Playoffs was a foregone conclusion. However, according to Yahoo Sports that may not be the case anymore.
The sure-fire, first-ballot hall of fame player is mulling over the idea of a return, should the Atlanta Falcons honor two requests: (1) pay him at least $7 million per year and (2) allow Gonzo to skip spring training.
“He will come back if they pay him $7 million and he doesn’t have to do training camp,” said one Falcons player familiar with Gonzalez’s thinking.
Another team source added, “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.”
“The money is there,” a source close to Gonzalez said. “Working out the days he can miss is the biggest holdup.”
Gonzo, who is an unrestricted free agent, is the second leading receiver in NFL history and his return, even at the age of 37, would keep the Falcons in the Super Bowl hunt for another year.