Tony Gonzalez's Return Top Falcons Priority

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  1. Sweets

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    The Falcons will engage quarterback Matt Ryan in negotiations to extend his contract this offseason, but sources said Tuesday that convincing tight end Tony Gonzalez to return has become a higher priority at the moment, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

    The Falcons have been exerting tremendous pressure on Gonzalez to make one more Super Bowl run, and sources said that he's wavering from his intention to retire for the first time. While he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, Gonzalez said at his locker after Atlanta's season ended in the NFC Championship Game that if he were to return he would be interested in playing only for the Falcons.

    While the Falcons would certainly like to have a commitment from Gonzalez before free agency begins March 12, sources say no deadlines have been established.

    Gonzalez is tempted because he knows -- barring major injuries to key players -- that the Falcons have the talent to go deep into the postseason, and there has been no evidence to suggest his own performance has declined.

    Source: The Redzone
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