The Atlanta Falcons have a chance to bring Tony Gonzalez for one more season if they can give him two things: more money and less offseason work.
Tony Gonzalez, who last year said he was 95 percent sure he'd reture, will agree to come back if the Falcons pay him more and allow him time off during training camp.
"He will come back if they pay him $7 million and he doesn't have to attend training camp," one falcons player told Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports.
A team source told silver, "If we offer him the money, he'll most likely come back for one more. He'll most likely be looking to miss training camp, though."
While $7 million salary is reasonable to offer a player of Gonzalez's caliber. He is still a top teir tight end and would likely receive offers similar to this, if not more, from other teams to play in 2013. The feeling though is that if Gonzalez is going to play at all in 2013, Atlanta would be the only logical spot.
Receiving special treatment by missing training camp is something that may not sit well with other players, however it seems the Falcons may not have a problem with that. Gonzalez has a reputation for taking care of himself, he knows the offense, and is an extremely intelligent player who will be able to get in sync quickly.
While this is not written in stone at this point that he is returning. My bet is that you will see #88 back in red and black next year