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Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons agree to $14M contract

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It's official: Tony Gonzalez will return to the Atlanta Falcons in 2013.

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Although Gonzalez said earlier this week he'd put his retirement plans on hold so he could play another season with the Falcons, the tight end technically was a free agent until agreeing to a two-year contract worth $14 million with the team, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

A total of $7 million in guarantees will be paid in the first year of the deal, which includes a second year only for accounting purposes -- it doesn't indicate Gonzalez will play in 2014.

Gonzalez announced Tuesday he would return for a 17th NFL season after proving in 2012 that he's still one of the league's top tight ends. The Falcons also made accommodations for Gonzalez under the salary cap by releasing veterans Dunta Robinson, John Abraham and Michael Turner.

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