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Falcons TE Gonzalez to mull over return for 15th season

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will use the offseason to decide if he'll return for a 15th NFL season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.

Gonzalez, who turns 35 in February, told the newspaper that Saturday's 48-21 NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers could be his last game.

"It's always a possibility," Gonzalez said. "Year 15 is a long time."

Gonzalez, voted to his 11th Pro Bowl after catching 70 passes in 16 starts this season, has never been part of a team that won a playoff game.

"I feel just as down, just as devastated, as I did last time," Gonzalez said of the top-seeded Falcons' early exit. "It doesn't make a difference that it's towards the end of my career. It's in my mind, don't get me wrong, but they all hurt."

Gonzalez told the Journal-Constitution that he's impressed with the Falcons' core roster and believes they'll compete for years to come.

"That's definitely going to weigh into my decision whether or not I come back," he said.

Gonzalez has 1,069 receptions for 12,463 yards with 88 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and two with the Falcons.

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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