The Falcons announced that tight end Tony Gonzalez will be returning to Atlanta after signing a one-year contract extension today. ESPN reports that the deal is worth $7 million. Gonzalez’s contract expired at the end of this year, and there had been talks of potential retirement after last season. But he has decided not to hang up his cleats quite yet by returning to the Falcons for at least one more year.
Gonzalez earned a Pro Bowl bid this year, his second in three years with the Falcons. Prior to being traded to the Falcons before the 2009 season, he spent twelve seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. This past year, Gonzalez moved into second place all-time in terms of receptions for all receivers, and has been well ahead of all tight ends for a number of years. His 1,148 career receptions outpace the next best tight end by over 300 catches. He currently sits 11th all-time in receiving yards with 13,330. He has 867 yards this year with one game to play, and another year with similar production could move him past James Lofton (14,004) for seventh place. He is 9th all-time in receiving touchdowns with 95, and six more will move him past Steve Largent and Don Hutson (100) for sixth place.