DVR ALERT: Tony Gonzalez on NFL Network today

110115 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner, left, and tight end Tony Gonzalez, right, walk off the field after a 48-21 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com
110115 Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner, left, and tight end Tony Gonzalez, right, walk off the field after a 48-21 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

– Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was in New York on Thursday to promote “Keep Your Grip Challenge,” an online video game sponsored by Vaseline MEN.
Earlier this offseason, he stated that he did not plan to retire as he’s set to make $5.75 million if next season is played.
However, he told Clifton Brown of The Sporting News that he would likely retire if next season was entirely lost to the NFL labor dispute.
However, he is confident that there will be a season. But if not, he’s ready to walk away.

 

Got this Tweet from Tony Gonzalez (@TonyGonzalez88) today:  

            Hey Guys I’m going to be on the NFL Network tonight from 3:30pm – 5pm (PST), check it out it should be a good time! (So that’s 6:30 to 8 p.m. for us EST folks.).

 

BIRDLAND

“Would I sit out a whole season and come back — probably not, honestly,” Gonzalez, 35, told Sporting News. “At this point, at my age, I don’t know if that would be smart of me to do something like that. But I’m enjoying the offseason, working out and preparing like I always do.”

“I think it might cut into camp,” Gonzalez said of the labor dispute. “Into the season, I doubt it. Who knows though? Hopefully we can get these issues resolved. The arguments from the owners’ perspective are a little outrageous to me. It’s the No. 1 game in the world. I think there are so many ways you could structure a deal. Maybe there are too many chiefs, not enough Indians. Maybe we should get one or two representatives from each side to hammer it out. But between the owners and the players, that’s a lot of different opinions and that’s why the process is going so slow. That’s why I don’t think it’s going to be resolved anytime soon. But I just don’t see an entire season being taken away. That would be sad. Not just for the players and the owners, but the fans.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Billy

April 1st, 2011
5:35 am

Bud Wiser

April 1st, 2011
6:10 am

This is not good.

You would think that these guys (owners and players) could figure out some way to divide 9 BILLION and change amongst themselves.

Do you think they remember what happened to baseball after their greed strike? Huh?

As a Falcon season ticket holder, I shall never again spend one thin dime on anything pertaining to the Falcons, if this season is shortened, cancelled, or has rosters made up of replacements, wanna-be’s, has-beens, never-were’s and scabs.

Never.

Bud Wiser

April 1st, 2011
6:11 am

Oh, and I love what Gonzalez has brought to this team, losing him would be the deepest cut of all.

lanier

April 1st, 2011
6:26 am

seems to be a class guy but to me he is basically a possession reciever. they will get a tight this draft and Justin is better than he has been allowed to show but that said Tony helped us.
if Ryan needs him for a confidence factor we have the wrong qb

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 1st, 2011
6:31 am

Congrats to you Billy!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 1st, 2011
6:33 am

I wonder if the Knicks tried to get Tony to try out when he was in New York. He was a fine college basketball player at Cal, too.

Wildgator

April 1st, 2011
6:44 am

Tony has at the most a year left in him, and I don’t think he has the legs left in him to play in the NBA. You can see in games last year where he just didn’t have that push.

Great Falconi

April 1st, 2011
7:24 am

Fresh Air BBQ in Jackson, GA

Since 1929 the mother church of BBQ in Georgia !

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 1st, 2011
7:54 am

Great Falconi – Yum, Yum.

Jimmy Jam

April 1st, 2011
8:03 am

Gonzalez has been a great pro in the NFL, but at the end of his career only average at best for the Falcons. So this would not be a big a loss as it sounds. I have nothing bad to say about him, great person and player, but time in this game has slowed him quite a bit. But the Falcons and the league owe it to him to allow him to make his own decision and not force him out.

GEORGIA97

April 1st, 2011
8:05 am

Hopefully he’ll hang around this year and the Falcons can draft Orson Charles next year if he comes out early. He’s a bad mamajama and CMR needs to unleash him this year.

JJ

April 1st, 2011
8:18 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! No Tony, don’t go!!!! You still have plenty of play left in your game. Plus you are the best looking Falcon in a very long time…..since we traded Patrick Kerney…..

PaulieOldSchool

April 1st, 2011
8:32 am

From what I understand about his conditioning and his attitudes towards the game and preparation for games, TG could play several more years, if he so chose. But I can certainly see his POV, why would he sit out a full year and then go through it all again next year? I hope he’s right and there is only a shortened training camp and exhibition schedule, but a full regular season. DOL, is one of the issues on table whether or not the schedule expands to 18 games?

Dan

April 1st, 2011
8:36 am

Makes me think we should draft #1 TE Kyle Rudolph, #2 CB Ras Dowling and #3 LB Dontay Moch and then fill the void at DE and WR in Free Agency

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 1st, 2011
8:43 am

I think he could play at least three more years. He only under contract for one though.

PaulieOldSchool
– They took the 18 games schedule off the table before negotiations broke down. It could resurface.

RambleOn84

April 1st, 2011
8:53 am

All the more reason we should have grabbed Jimmy Graham in the 3rd round a few years back. We knew Tony was going to retire sooner than later, and Graham has elite skills with very little football experience. It is no coincidence that Antonio Gates had a similar background.

Outside of Matt Ryan and Curtis Lofton, Dimitroff hasn’t made many great picks. Not picking up Graham was a big whiff, made all the worse by the fact that the Saints picked him up.

Just you watch…Graham will bloom into a star in New Orleans.

RambleOn84

April 1st, 2011
8:56 am

*”A few years”=last year

Whoops…I could have sworn he came out in 2009. Regardless…Graham was a steal at pick #95.

The Real Falcon

April 1st, 2011
9:00 am

This is why I have been saying for weeks that any Mock Draft without a TE
is completely foolish.

JB

April 1st, 2011
9:02 am

Wonder how many American GE workers are mad GE won’t slit up the 5 billion in profit? The definition of Capitalism ( in a blunt way) IS PAYING PEOPLE LESS THAN THEY PRODUCE. Pretty simple.
The idea of ’sharing’ in ALL the profits is a mindset I don’t get. These guys have a choice, go sell Insurance, working 50 weeks a year making 80K. They think the game …and profits are nothing without them…and, mostly, they are right….but, these owners did not get this rich from owning a pro football team. It’s just a rich guys toy. They know it’s big money and they want a equity position, which in America,is not how it works!

steven a

April 1st, 2011
9:05 am

Dimitroff has missed far more than most realize. Matt Ryan is not an elite quarterback. He lacks the arm strength as well as the aptitude.
See Joe Flacco. He’s the guy the Falcons should have drafted.

RambleOn84

April 1st, 2011
9:06 am

I agree that the players are not in a position to make as much as the owners. They don’t take the same risks, so they shouldn’t be entitled to the same rewards.

HOWEVER, the problem I have with this argument is the fact that THE PLAYERS DIDN’T START THIS FIGHT.

The owners wanted more money. That’s what started this whole thing. Now people turn it all around and talk about how greedy the players are for wanting “more money,” when in fact they are only fighting to make the same amount of money. Oh yeah, while also PLAYING MORE GAMES!

RambleOn84

April 1st, 2011
9:08 am

Shut up steven.

Ryan is better than Flacco. If arm strength is the only the thing a QB needs, then Kyle Boller and Ryan Leaf should be Hall of Famers.

Ryan has better accuracy and better awareness.

The only reason Flacco was even comparable his first couple of years is because he was put into a FAR better situation.

#10Fan4Life

April 1st, 2011
9:17 am

You throw him the ball, he catches it. You ask him to block, he blocks it. Perfect Player! Thanks Tony!

Falcons Fan

April 1st, 2011
9:19 am

I agree that we need to draft a TE but Orson Charles under performed last year. He needs to prove himself before he can be consider for the nfl. With AJ Green out he should have been a safety net for Murray. He was plagued by drops. Wasn’t he the one that dropped a go ahead touchdown versus South Carolina? (just saying) The Falcons should try and get get Durham in the later rounds. He would be a great slot reciever that could be a safety net on third down for years. (think Finneran) There a lot of good TE’s that play on bad teams that would jump at the chance to join the Falcons. Congrats on a great career Tony. I hope you make it back for one more year to get your ring. If not you had a great career and will be a first ballot hall of famer

Dave

April 1st, 2011
9:19 am

I think this comment shows why we need to draft a TE this year. You would like to see a TE be mentored by Tony a year or two before he leaves us. I think you need to get one ASAP to make that happen. He is thinking retirement we have to take that seriously.

SeenThisB4

April 1st, 2011
9:34 am

I got mixed feelings about TG. Geriatrics like him should be taking it easy in a rocking chair instead of trying to keep up with the young bucks like Jimmy Graham. Of course, the advantage of TG hanging around is that it makes it easier for the defenses to clamp down on the falcan’ts, TG virtually disappeared in that second game against the Saints, he must have lost a lot of gas by the time he got to the end of the regular season, typical for people his age. He was a good warrior when he was with the Chiefs, not much of a threat since coming to atlanta. Good luck in your next career Tony!

Torch

April 1st, 2011
9:36 am

I hope this season does not come down to this. Tony has a great place on our team, leadership qualities cannot be replaced, sometimes. He and Peelle are mentoring Palmer who should show up big one day in the NFL.

RambleOn84

April 1st, 2011
9:36 am

Can you believe that some people are dumb enough to live below sea level in a hurricane zone?

Jackets 2011

April 1st, 2011
9:44 am

Agree with steven a.
An injury to the nickle back shouldn’t result in a beatdown.
Green Bay overcame injury after injury, even during the Superbowl, because they were stocked with talent and not guys whose MO is to grab a WR’s shirt and hold on.

RambleOn84

April 1st, 2011
9:47 am

Jackets,
Realize we will get there with time…we started with nothing in 2008. I do think Dimitroff has to do a better job of taking the best available player and not trying to fill needs, though. Jerry over Matthews was a blunder.

Jackets 2011

April 1st, 2011
9:49 am

Maybe I am wrong about this but I think most Jacket and Dawg fans love their college team far more than they love the Falcons.
We can get our football fix on Saturday and spend more family time on Sunday.
A strike or lockout will work just fine for us college fans.

coleski

April 1st, 2011
9:51 am

Tony, thanks for the great seasons you have had. Good luck and God bless.

Jackets 2011

April 1st, 2011
9:54 am

TD is better than all the past GM’s. I’ll give you that.
Then again with Atlanta’s GMs in all sports so mediocre at best.
This is a silly thought but had I been Cousins grandson like in the movie “Litle Big League”, I would have given Lenny Wilkins the asked for raise that prompted a trade and not traded ROY Paul Silas for a worthless white player.
The Hawks would have won a championship in their first three years here.
Silly thought.

RambleOn84

April 1st, 2011
9:54 am

Agreed, Jackets…I will be at Bobby Dodd on Saturdays, so I can live without the Falcons on Sundays. I do enjoy watching them, but I’ll be fine without it.

Jackets 2011

April 1st, 2011
10:01 am

They do have a lot of time to work something out.
I’ve given up pro sports.
I can’t get a handle around the pay and greed even without a strike.
Have the NFL players looked out for the early senile guys who built the league up for them.
Lots of suicide and early senile among retired players.
And the current guys could care less for the most part.

Jacques Strappe

April 1st, 2011
10:07 am

This dispute between players and owners is nothing more than greed, being supported by a foundation of stupidity. There are any number of what could be acceptable means to divide a $9B annual revenue and allow both sides to come away rich and happy. But when you know part of this discussion is that there is an overwhelming opinion of THE FANS that they don’t like to be forced to pay, and pay full price for pre-season (read try-out and practice) games that see little time and effort from the professionals they come to see…..and the owners solution is to reduce preseason and add 2 regular-season games, adding risk to the players???? Is $9B not enough to survive on after a minor consession to the fans that would build enormous good will?? The huge return in fan appreciation should be more than worth the investment.

Pepe

April 1st, 2011
10:24 am

Great Falconi – I’m heading to Lake Jackson over spring break with the kids. Can’t wait to stop by Fresh Air BBQ…that out-of-nowhere comment just made my day!

And this football stuff better be worked out…I need more than just Saturday football; I want Sunday & Monday too.

I’m fine with the owners and players making their money, just have this stuff worked out in time.

Bill

April 1st, 2011
10:33 am

Jackets 2011, as a dawg fan and college football fan, I agree 100%. After watching college football Thursday-Saturday, Sunday NFL is a letdown!

51WTGW50

April 1st, 2011
10:33 am

Tony THANK YOU for your years in the NFL. If you don’t want to do it 1 more year if this year is a wash so be it. You have a Beautiful Life, Wife, and Family you earned every penny and the right to walk away in the best shape you can be in.

Jackets 2011

April 1st, 2011
10:42 am

@Bill
I thought I might draw out some rare agreement between the two fanbases today. Thanks.
@Jacques
If they gave us a break on preseason tickets, they would probably just raise the regular season price.
Still, that might make more sense.
I think both sides take their fans for granted.
If this isn’t settled, they may lose many to the college game.
Especially in the South.

BYRDDAWG

April 1st, 2011
11:03 am

From a Falcons season ticket holder, I sure hope Tony stays! The 2 young guys that back him up aren’t ready for prime time yet….

It's true!

April 1st, 2011
11:03 am

Tony Gonzalez and Fresh Air BBQ…both Hall of Famers!!

Sid

April 1st, 2011
11:04 am

RambleOn84

April 1st, 2011
9:36 am
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And in a bowl………………….
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I’m cool wth it if TG retires, he deserves it and is relatively healthy and injury free. Go enjoy your family! It’s not like we have zero talent at TE, Peele is playing well. Kerry Meier gives us another outlet when he is back………

tardawg

April 1st, 2011
11:29 am

Tough decision for Tony, HEy DOL one question for you do you ask your publisher for his fiancial statements, to see if you can get a raise, you probably shouldn’t answer but its the same thing isn’t the players asking the owners but were given a chance to see the last 5 years, actually you need to keep copy of only your 5 years of fiancial statements if the IRS only wanted to audit you. If I was the players I would like to see the unions fiancial statements to make sure they weren’t getting ripped off by there own administrators.

Tron5000

April 1st, 2011
11:34 am

The link on the Sports page is misleading. “Falcons’ Gonzalez to retire?” makes it sound like he’s thinking about doing it right now. But the article goes on to say that only applies if the NFL season is entirely lost. Shoddy work.

AntoineFord

April 1st, 2011
11:42 am

He is the best TE to ever play, but what we will miss most is his leadership ability. Nowadays, he just runs one route — straight ahead, and has lost any ability to get open.

DollarDawg43

April 1st, 2011
11:55 am

Great Falconi you are dead on! I grew up on that stuff and there is none better…anywhere. My mother grew up there and anytime we visited our grandparents (at least once a month) we HAD to have Fresh Air. My grandfather was so famous for his “Grandkid Runs” that when he died they brought a huge order to the house for the family. Great BBQ and even better folks!!

DollarDawg43

April 1st, 2011
12:01 pm

This is the first time a sports blog has made me hungry…

Seen (Sean Peyton) This (take painkillers) B4

April 1st, 2011
12:06 pm

I agree with drafting Rudolph now. Worst case, we miss a season and TG retires; best case, TG can mentor Rudolph for a year.

AthensFalcon

April 1st, 2011
12:12 pm

This just means we have no choice but to draft a tight end in the first round if he retires.