Tony Gonzalez just turned 37 years-old, yet could be considered an integral part of another deep postseason run for the Atlanta Falcons.
At the end of the 2012 season, Gonzalez said he was 95% certain he would retire from the NFL, but it looks like for the right price, and the ability to miss training camp, he could come back for more.
"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.
A high-ranking Falcons official indicated the team would not likely let either of those issues become an impediment to a deal. Gonzalez, who had a $3.9 million base salary in 2012 and earned a $1 million roster bonus, is still productive (he caught 93 passes last season and shined in the postseason) and is known for his phenomenal physical conditioning.
"The money is there," a source close to Gonzalez said. "Working out the days he can miss is the biggest holdup."
Of course, this is only speculation, but at least the door has not been shut for a possible return in 2013. We should know in the next few days whether the Falcons are willing to make an offer that Tony can't refuse.