Gonzalez has remained adamant throughout the season that he intends to retire, but left a very small chance that he could be back next season.
“I’m hoping for the 5 percent,” Smith said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “…Tony and I will have a conversation over the next couple of weeks. This is a tough day, and the next couple of days are tough with the finality. I don’t think we really need to be discussing anything like that (yet).”
Gonzalez put together a great season at the age of 36 and was even rated as the best receiving tight end in the league by Pro Football Focus. He’s had a truly remarkable career if this is in fact the end for him.
We have Gonzalez listed as the No. 35 best available player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.