"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.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has already made it abundantly clear that he sees the 37-year-old as an integral piece to the teams chances at a title and has been steadily trying to convince the tight end to return since the seasons end.
"Tony's a man and he's got to make his own decision," Dimitroff said. "Suffice it to say that it's not going to be an easy decision for him one way or another because he knows that he still has fuel in the tank and it's very legitimate fuel in the tank."
However with cornerback Brent Grimes and offensive tackle Sam Baker still priorities, and the recent signing of Pro Bowl safety William Moore to a five-year, $32 million dollar extension, the Falcons would essentially be forced to go all-in on their in-house talent should they choose to purse Gonzalez.
Fortunately Atlanta fans won't have to wait too long for this situation to develop, as the floodgates of free agency are set to open March 12th.