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Atlanta Falcons GM lobbies for Tony Gonzalez to stay


Ready for a shocker? The Atlanta Falcons don't want Tony Gonzalez to retire.

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Of course the organization would want a matchup nightmare who caught 93 balls for 930 yards and eight touchdowns. It's almost unfair to have Gonzalez working the middle while flanked by Julio Jones and Roddy White.

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Gonzalez said he's 95 percent sure that he will retire after 16 seasons, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff has made sure the tight end knows he's wanted.

"A guy who is 36 catching 100 plus balls (including the postseason), it just doesn't seem like it's time for him to move on," Dimitroff told ESPN at the Super Bowl media center. "Tony's a man and he's got to make his own decision. 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."

Can Gonzalez walk away from the No. 7 scoring offense on a team that was five points shy of a Super Bowl appearance? Especially with that being the one thing missing from his Hall of Fame resume?

The organization hopes not, because that offense will undergo significant changes when he's gone.

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