When the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atalanta Falcons to advance to the Super Bowl last month, it was believed to be the last football game tight end Tony Gonzalez ever played in again, ending the 16-year career of arguably the greatest TE to ever play the game of football. He said throughout the 2012 season he was “95% certain” this would be his final season, but Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff believes there’s a good chance that Gonzalez returns:
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.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported last night the Kansas City Chiefs are pursuing a long-term deal with free agent receiver Dwayne Bowe. It was previously believed the Chiefs were set to move on from Bowe after he played the entire 2012 season under the franchise tag and managed just 801 yards and three touchdowns. If the two sides don’t work out a deal, he’ll be the top free agent receiver available.
The Washington Redskins believe quarterback Robert Griffin III’s (knee) recovery has progressed very well, and now believe he has a good chance to start in the Week 1 opener.