The Falcons got a steal last season when they got tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Chiefs. After a successful season that did end a little early as the Falcons missed the playoffs, there was chatter that Gonzalez would be retiring and leaving the club.
Now though Sporting News reports that Gonzalez has been stating that he’ll be sticking around next season:
Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez reassured Falcons fans that he will return for the 2010 season, according to multiple media reports late Wednesday.
“I’ll be around for sure next season,” Gonzalez said in an interview on the Falcons’ Web site.
Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal Constitution after this past season’s final game that he was undecided whether he’d continue playing.
“Now that I’ve had a chance to get away from the game a little bit and talk to my family, I’m definitely going to be around for next year,” said Gonzalez, a 13-year NFL veteran.
Gonzalez, who finished his first season in Atlanta with 83 catches for 867 yards and six touchdowns, has 999 career receptions — most by a tight end in NFL history.